Tips For Packing Healthy School Lunches (That Kids Want to Eat!)

It’s Back to School time!

For the kids, it’s an exciting time to reunite with their classroom friends, begin a new grade, and the possibilities seem endless!

For the grownups, it means getting back into routine, new stories about recess, school plays and.. the lunches seem endless…

To relieve some of that back to school lunch prep stress, we’ve compiled a few of our favourite lunch ideas, so you know that they’re eating healthy – which helps them have a more successful school day!

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Have Kids Help with Lunch Prep
If kids are included in the shopping and preparation of their meals it will help them take ownership of their meals and they will be happy to eat what they have helped to make.

Send Leftovers they Enjoy
Making a larger meal the night before that your children enjoy ensures leftovers for the next day. This offers a welcome break from the typical sandwich routine and when you are serving healthy dinners, this guarantees a healthy lunch the next day.

Dips Make Vegetables More Fun
Carrot sticks, cucumber slices, tomatoes, peppers are all more fun when they’re dunkable! Kids will enjoy the extra flavour of ranch or some kind of dip, and it makes even veggies they’re not crazy about more likely to be eaten.

Bite Size is Easier to Eat (and Faster)
At lunch time, I know that I just wanted to eat the good parts of my lunch and get right to recess. Kids will be more likely to eat sandwiches in smaller pieces, cheese and crackers, or fresh fruit cut into pieces. A fun way to enjoy melon chunks, berries, grapes, etc, is served on a skewer (long cocktail toothpicks work well).

zucchini-carrot-oatmeal-muffins-titleSneak the Fruit and Veggies into a Muffin
It’s the age-old parental trick of hiding the healthy food inside a food your child likes to eat. Muffins offer a bit of sweetness and are fun to eat, so kids won’t even notice the healthy bits. A recipe I’ve tried (and love!) is Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal muffins from Yellow Bliss Road. A modification I usually make is to cut down on the processed sugar, and use honey instead. Find that recipe here: http://www.yellowblissroad.com/zucchini-carrot-oatmeal-muffins/

Recommended Recipe

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Photo: Anna Williams
We’ll leave you with one last suggestion: Turkey Wraps
Another easy way to sneak veggies into their diet.
Also, using pesto instead of may offers lots of flavour
but without too much saturated fat.
Ingredients: Flour tortillas, romaine lettuce, sliced turkey breast, tomatoes, Kirby cucumbers, pesto
Click below for the full recipe:

These are just a few of the many ways to make lunches more interesting and appealing for your kids, and to make sure they’re eating well and staying healthy during the school year.

We also recommend visiting the links below for many more healthy lunch ideas:

VegKitchen: http://www.vegkitchen.com/kid-friendly-recipes/school-lunch-recipes/#Q6qclpl9DLOuioJ6.99

GoodHousekeeping: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/ideas-kids-school-lunches/

BonAppetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/family-meals/slideshow/30-quick-easy-school-lunches-pack-kids

EatingWell: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18679/mealtimes/lunch/school/

 

 

 

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