Is your child tired of the PB&J regimen? Are you worried about excess salt, fat, and sugar in school lunches? Then, it’s time to reboot your lunch recipes for kids. After all, don’t your children deserve to eat a lunch that’s good for the body—and won’t weigh them down with chemical additives or too much salt, fat, and sugar? That’s why we’re sharing these 7 best school lunches for kids.
We, at SkinnyMs. believe recipes should be clean, which means that they focus on ingredients that are whole and natural, instead of packaged and processed. A nutritious lunch helps children and teens maintain a healthy body weight. When you take the time to regularly send a healthful lunch fro your kids, they’ll get the message that making the right food choices is important for their health—and that’s a lesson they will carry with them (even if it doesn’t seem like they’re listening right now.)
10 School Lunches Your Kids Will Love:
1. Mini Bagel Sandwich
A mini whole-wheat bagel sets the perfect stage for kids’ food that’s healthy—and won’t cause eye-rolls or protests. Simply add tuna salad (make it with mayo that has no added sweeteners), Romaine lettuce, and veggie toppings, like tomato or onions. Kids who don’t like tuna might enjoy sliced chicken or turkey breast (which is a smart way to use meat leftover from dinner entrees).
With a whole-wheat pita and lean chicken breast, this sandwich is a tasty way to fuel your child up for the second half of the day. Load up this pita with the onion and tomatoes we use in the recipe, or try other vegetables your child or teen enjoys. The chicken mix in this recipe makes enough for 4 (half-pita) sandwiches—so pack one for your lunch too.
3. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
This is one of those lunch recipes for kids that is a healthy, whole-food twist on the classic PB&J. Top whole-wheat bread with all-natural peanut butter or almond butter. Add sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey.
This is one of our popular recipes that is perfect for lunch menus for kids. The recipe in the posted link uses cabbage leaves as a wrap, but you can easily make this lunch box friendly by adding the chicken stir-fry to a whole-grain wrap instead. This is a good dish to make for dinner one night, and then pack leftovers for lunch the next day.
5. Fruit & Cheese Bonanza
Pack the lunch box with an assortment of sliced or cubed fruits. Think easy-to-eat varieties, like apples, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, or melons. Add sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers, so he or she can make their own fruit and cheese sandwiches.
6. BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Does your child enjoy foods with a little kick? This isn’t one of the typical kids’ lunch meals, but it might be just what he or she wants to spice up the lunch box. Slice chicken breast (use leftovers or cook an extra breast when you make dinner the night before) and add it to whole-wheat bread or a whole-wheat bun. Top with lettuce and tomato. Pack our clean-eating BBQ Sauce on the side so they can drizzle it over the toppings or dip the sandwich at lunchtime.
7. Meaty Veggie Roll-Ups are a perfect way to give your children healthy and yummy lunchtime goodness. It’s easy to customize, so you can cater to any of your kids’ tastes.
For non-sandwich lunch menus for kids, try 3 School Lunches You Can Pack for Your Kids.
Healthy eating and exercise go hand-in-hand. Grab the kids and take part in our Family Fitness Challenge.
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