More than ever before, children need to be careful about what they put into their bodies, and the first place to make changes is lunch. School lunches can be high in fat, calories, and sodium, so packing a lunch is a better option. Here are some tips to make the best lunches for your kids.
Let’s begin with drinks. Bottled drinks and juice boxes can be expensive, and may not be the healthiest options. Instead, buy a leak proof thermos and fill it with one hundred percent juices, water, milk, or homemade lemonade.
Next are sandwiches; perhaps the most popular lunch box item, but also the most boring. No more peanut butter and jelly. Try using leftover chicken to make homemade chicken salad, and leftover ham or roast beef for fresh sandwiches. Adding fresh veggies such as lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, and cucumbers make them tastier and healthier. Also, stay away from plain white bread. Opt for whole grain breads, pitas, bagels, and even wraps.
Fresh fruits and vegetables make great healthy snacking options. Carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices, broccoli florets, and grape tomatoes packed with a small cup of dip or dressing is a great choice. Fresh fruit such as apples, oranges, blueberries, and bananas are easy to eat, and easily stay fresh until lunch time.
Finally, try to stay away from prepackaged snacks of greasy chips and sugary cookies. Instead, choose leaner options such as pretzels, dried fruit, popcorn, and trail mix. These snacks are easily packed into lunch boxes, and still give the sweet or salty satisfaction kids need.