Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Creative and Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Busy Parents

In Educational, Health & Safety by Educational Playcare2 Comments

Healthy School Lunch IdeasThere is a wealth of information available about the importance of good nutrition in regard to brain development. In particular, children who are still growing need to have a balance of complex carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, and of course, all the vitamins and minerals their little bodies need.

The good news is that children that bring their own lunches and snacks to school don’t have to end up with the same old thing every day. There are a lot of simple, quick, and easy ways to make really interesting, tasty, and healthy foods that your children will love.

Go Insulated

One of the best things to invest in is an insulated lunch bag. These will be very helpful in keeping cold foods cold, especially when paired with an ice-pack or two. By placing the ice-pack in a zip-lock bag, you can prevent any problems from leaks and still keep fresh fruits, vegetables, dips, cheeses and meats at the right temperature.

Healthy Lunches and Snacks

For some healthy yet simple to make lunch options besides traditional sandwiches, consider the following:

  • Turkey or chicken and cheese wraps using lettuce, thin strips of red or yellow peppers, and a bit of salsa rather than mayonnaise.
  • Pasta salad with mixed vegetables, cheese, diced hard boiled eggs, or even diced ham. Use an Italian dressing for something different or a ranch dressing for a more traditional taste.
  • Whole grain crackers with cheese, meat, and your child’s favorite pickles. Each can be packaged separately, and the child can make his or her own “stackers” for some fun finger food.
  • Fresh cut vegetables with a dip made of ranch dressing or plain yogurt with fresh or dried herbs. Try some unique vegetable options such as colored bell peppers, purple or orange cauliflower, fennel, or sugar peas for some variety.
  • Cube up fresh fruit and provide a creamy dip. This can be made with vanilla yogurt or any other flavor your child enjoys. Remember, fruits and vegetables should be paired with a protein for energy.
  • Homemade trail mix can include dried fruits, berries and nuts depending on your child’s preferences and what the school allows.
  • Mini-pretzels with a side of salsa for dipping are a great snack and healthier than chips or sugary treats.

Be sure to check with your child’s school regarding any issues with children having peanuts or other types of nuts or foods in the school. Providing a good selection of different items for your child’s lunch is always a good idea, as is having your child help you in choosing what they would like to have.

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