It’s easy to get in a rut with our kids’ school lunches! Here are a few tips and lunch ideas to help you out!
- Think easy to eat and not messy
- Pack it the night before!
- Involve your children in the process
- Include fruits and vegetables
- Choose 100% whole grains and a variety of breads (pita, buns, wraps)
- Choose low-fat and low sugar products
- Keep hot food hot in a thermos and cold food cold with a mini cold pack to keep lunches safe
- Don’t forget napkins daily and forks and spoons when needed!
- Sandwiches—meat & cheese, jelly, or egg, tuna, chicken salad
- Bagel & Cream Cheese—add cucumber slices
- Nachos & Salsa—include shredded cheese as well
- Pita & humus with a side of carrots
- Wraps filled with what your child likes (chicken salad, etc)
- Hot soup or chili in a thermos
- Pasta salad—try fun shaped and coloured pasta such as small shells, wagon wheels or ABCs.
- Bottled Water
- 100% fruit juice boxes—look for no-sugar added
- Find out if your school has a milk program—take part!
- Apples, grapes, bananas and orange slices
- Cut up kiwis, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe are a favourite treat!
- Cut cheese sticks
- Carrots, celery, cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes keep well in the lunchbox
- Homemade rice krispies squares and cookies eliminate the preservatives found in store-bought
- Granola bars (peanut free for most schools!)
- Cheerios, dried fruit, pretzels, bag of popcorn, home made trail mix, baked chips, crackers
- Muffins, banana or carrot bread
- Fruit Salad or cups of no-sugar added apple/fruit sauces
- Yogurt covered raisins
– From the September 2007 issue of Mom’s Moments. www.momsmoments.ca/pdfs