How To Kick School Lunches Up A Notch
Opening up the fridge every morning to put together lunch for your kids can be even more difficult than resisting the snooze button for another ten minutes of shut eye.
We know that making food options both uber-healthy and delicious is the ultimate challenge.
What if I told you I have a handful of foods and tips that can make school recess that much more awesome? And not just for the kids...
I’m here to tell you that packing your child a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be time-consuming, scientific, expensive, or frustrating. It's absolutely possible to get the pickiest of eaters to eat a healthy lunch.
Here are 6 foods that will upgrade your kid’s lunch this year and get them eating healthier without even knowing it:
1. Dehydrated apple chips with nothing added
They have pure sweetness and crunch and are really easy to make yourself. This is a healthier alternative to sugary fruit substitutes and kids always grab these delicious baked chips over regular fruit.
2. Seed butters
They’re creamy, delicious, and filled with omega 3s and protein. Kids love to dip things like celery, carrots, or other plain veggies that give an extra juicy crunch that satisfies. (Bonus: you avoid allergies that certain classmates might have.)
3. Purple cabbage
Don’t camouflage fruits and vegetables. Celebrate them with dishes like crunchy, sweet purple cabbage slaw. This easy and flavorful side dish is rich in nutrients and such a fun color for kids they won’t even know that cabbage is in their lunch!
Sprinkle kosher salt over fresh avocado and slice it onto toast, grain chips, or a small salad. Avocado is so creamy and flavorful and rich in healthy fats!
5. Greek yogurt and berries
Mix fruits with raw honey into greek yogurt to turn the colors from dark jewel tones to pretty pastels. They’ll love the flavors and will get a great dose of protein to fuel them until their next meal.
6. Tuna over dark greens
This makes for a powerful food combination since it’s protein-rich, high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, low in calories and is considered a low-mercury fish. Dark greens, such as romaine lettuce, spinach or kale, which are rich in vitamins C, E and calcium make this a tasty power meal!
A few more tips for packing a lunch your kids will love:
- Leave out the white. As in, white processed breads, sugars and dairy.
- Add color! It’s a beautiful, fun and healthy way to engage with your child in a conversation about their likes and needs, and brings you closer as a result.
- Put your heart into it. They’ll taste the love and the more you do it, the easier it gets.