Back to school means back to packing lunches. It can be hard to put together lunches that your kids will eat that are also healthy. You might have tried, with little success, to get your kids to eat the carrots or the apple you give them. There are, however, healthy back-to-school lunches that your kids will love. These tips and tricks will help you create tasty, healthy lunches that will make both you and your kids happy.
1. Talk to your kids about nutrition and health.
Instead of simply packing healthy lunches for your children, teach them about nutrition, so they have the tools they need to make healthy choices as adults. Explain that food is fuel, and that the food they eat should give them energy and make them feel good and strong. Talk to them about how protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and fruits and veggies help them grow up healthy and strong.
2. Involve your kids in choosing and packing their lunch.
Take your kids grocery shopping and have them choose some healthy ingredients for their lunches. You can also have them help you make their sandwich or salad and pack their lunchbox. They’ll be eating healthy foods they like, and they’ll be excited to eat the lunch that they helped you make.
3. Pack leftovers.
Take some of the stress out of packing lunch by making extra servings of dinner and giving your kids the leftovers for lunch. Slow Cooker Chicken and Spring Vegetable Quinoa and Pan-Seared Salmon with Thai Vegetables are easy to make and taste great left over.
4. Use whole-wheat bread.
One easy healthy swap is to use whole-wheat bread or wraps instead of white bread. It has more fiber and B vitamins than white bread. Chunky Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich and Turkey and Cucumber Salad Wrap are made with whole-grain bread, and are kid friendly.