Let’s face it, most kids are picky eaters, so packing a school lunch bag that will entice your kiddos and satisfy your health goals can be somewhat challenging. Here’s a simple formula to make your morning chaos a little less stressful.
A healthy lunch box = a protein entree, a produce item, a fun snack, and a water bottle.
1. Incorporate PROTEIN for energy and focus
Try filling up a thermos with warm options like hearty soups, chili, or leftover taco meat. When it comes to cold options, couple a container of Greek yogurt with small bags of toppers (try berries and granola) or make “sandwich pinwheels” by layering a whole grain tortilla wrap with lettuce, sliced turkey and cheese… then simply roll it up and slice into rounds.
2. Add PRODUCE for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
When it comes to produce, the more the merrier. Make a preferred list with your children and use this inside information; apples, clementines, bell pepper sticks, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, berries and grapes seem to be popular kid-friendly picks.
3. Toss in a FUN SNACK for smiles
Anything goes — keep it portion-controlled and under 200 calories. Extra credit if your snack provides protein, fiber or other key nutrients. Try a pudding cup, 2 oatmeal cookies, or a bag of Nourish granola bites.
4. Encourage WATER for hydration
Juices (even 100% fruit juice) are loaded with simple sugars that spike the blood sugar, leading to afternoon energy crashes. If your kiddo isn’t a fan of plain H20, try naturally flavored seltzers or add a few pieces of fresh or frozen fruit to their water bottle for a hint of flavor.
Want bonus points, parents?
Involve your kids in the packing ritual. They’ll feel empowered and in charge of the selection— plus you’ll get to spend some quality time together. #theygrowuptoofast