Make your kids lunch exciting with these healthy recipes. All are quick, easy and more fun than a boring ‘ol peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Breakfast for lunch: Pack a ham, egg and cheese sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin. Make a big patch of the sandwiches on the weekend. They freeze well. Defrost one in the microwave each morning before tossing it in the lunchbox. Add a serving of fruit.
A dippable feast: Kids love to dip things. Dips are a great way to introduce them to new foods. They are more likely to try new veggies if there is ranch dressing to dip it in. Pick up a Bento box type container with several compartments. Pack hummus, peanut (or sunflower seed) butter and salad dressing along with baby carrots, celery sticks, apple slices, pretzel sticks and cubes of meat or cheese for dipping.
DIY lunchables: Kids also love foods they can eat with their fingers. The meat and cracker meals in the stores are expensive and filled with preservatives. Make your own with whole grain crackers, slices of lunch meat and cheese. Cut the meat and cheese into squares to fit on the crackers. Add some grapes or strawberries on the side.
Soup and grilled cheese: Make a big batch of soup on the weekend. Heat up a serving of the soup each morning and put it in your child’s thermos. While it’s heating, make a quick grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t worry – your child won’t mind that it’s cold at lunchtime. Portion the soup out into individual containers with lids if you plan to freeze it.
Taco platter: This is a great way to use up leftover meat. Use a container with compartments. Put meat (leftover steak, fish, chicken or ground beef all work great) in one portion. Fill the others with refried beans, lettuce, tomato and cheese. Include a couple of corn or whole wheat tortillas. Your child will be the envy of the lunch table with their own portable taco bar.
Do your kids beg for lunchables and other processed food in their lunchbox? Introducing kids to healthy eating takes patience and creativity. What healthy recipes do they enjoy?