Taking the time to get organized and plan healthy lunches for your kids not only ensures they have something nutritious to fill their little tummies – research shows that children’s attention span, concentration and memory are all impacted by the daily nutrition they receive, which makes packing a healthy lunch all the more important.
Yet, if your house is anything like ours trying to come up with a variety of nutritious lunch options that the kids enjoy can be a real challenge.
The good news is packing a wholesome lunch doesn’t have to be difficult. All it takes is a little preparation and some great ideas to build your healthy lunchbox repertoire. Read on for a list of some healthy family-friendly lunch recipes and snack inspiration.
Wrap it or Ditch the Witch
Pinwheels (a.k.a. wraps) are a tasty, fun and attractive alternative to the traditional sandwich. Apparently, the cute little roll-up makes everything look and taste yummier and there are tons of options for even the pickiest of eaters.
Non-sandwich lunch options are not only great for those who are gluten-free or grain-free, but they also provide a healthy escape for anyone experiencing sandwich boredom, plus they can be super fun for the kids.
Alternately if your kids are into sandwiches and you don’t have a lot of time you can jazz things up by cutting out their sandwich into a cute shape with a cookie cutter.
FROM LEFTOVERS TO LUNCH
A favorite at our house and talk about convenient! Packing dinner leftovers for lunch is one of the easiest methods for ensuring a delicious healthy lunch.
HEALTHY HOMEMADE “LUNCHABLES”
Kids are always excited to try the unhealthy packaged lunchables and they can be tempting as they are convenient. But there’s no need sacrifice good nutrition when you can create easy homemade lunchables that are far more nutritious and affordable!
GO FOR A DIP!
Looking for a change of pace? Nutritious dips and spreads make a great light lunch, or add several satisfying sides for a heartier meal.
Fruits and Veggies
How to sneak the dreaded fruit and veggies into the brown bag. For most kids this is the least favorite part of their lunch. More often than not the fruit always makes its way back home, a little bruised but not eaten. 🙁
I can’t blame them the standard apple or banana can get boring real fast. Change things up by cutting their fruits and veggies into fun shapes, or better yet create fun kabobes to win them over.
Adding a healthy snack makes lunchtime extra special. Here are a few quick and easy recipes that are sure to be family favorites.
I recently tested these recipes out with my Step-son and can happily report that they are kids approved. The homemade fruit roll up is still a work in progress, I am going to try making it in a foot dehydrator to see if i have a bit more success.
So there you have it, healthy lunches don’t have to be tasteless or boring, I hope you found some lunchbox inspiration to help you on those busy school nights. Have something to add? Would love to hear from you.