It’s that time of year again. It’s time to set the alarm clocks for early wake up calls, busy mornings and running off to catch the bus. It’s time for back to school! Kids and parents are both equally excited to hear the school bells ring, but the thought of making healthy and nutritious lunches everyday may sound daunting. If you’re running out of ideas before the first spelling test, then read below for healthy back to school lunch ideas.
There are a few things that may make lunchtime easier for you and your children.
- Have your child help assemble their lunch. If they have a hand in picking out what goes inside their lunchbox, they will be more inclined to eating it come lunch, yes even their veggies.
- Pack lunches the night before. Mornings are hectic enough, take some of the pressure off of you and start it the night before.
- Find the balance of food that isn’t leaving them hungry, but they aren’t coming home with a waste of uneaten lunch leftovers.
- Encourage a small special treat if there is enough veggies and protein to make up for it. (Think yogurt, small piece of chocolate, chocolate covered almonds, etc.)
- Small containers with lids keep food fresh and it doesn’t get smashed along the way.
Keep lunches interesting this year and avoid the guilty feeling come May when you realize you stopped with the healthy lunches after the first week of school.
Option #1- Homemade Lunchable
Turkey and Cheddar Roll Ups
*Ditch the bread with this homemade lunchable. Add organic wheat crackers for something a little extra.
Option #2- Greek Day!
*Including something sweet, like fruit, will encourage children to learn that fruits can be the sweet special treat and not something loaded with fake sugar.
Option #3- Deli Bar
Meat and Cheese Kabobs
Organic Fruit Snacks
*Watch for added ingredients in kid’s snacks like high fructose corn syrup, fake sugars, etc. that you wouldn’t want them to eat.
Option #4- Mexican Day!
Cheese, black bean and corn quesadilla
*Beans are a great way to add some protein without being noticed much.
Option #5- Protein for Lunch
2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Veggies with Organic Ranch
Piece of dark chocolate
*Frozen grapes are great in the summer months. The sweet ice-cold treat tastes more naughty than nice.
Option #6- The Classic with a Twist
Organic peanut or almond butter with Jam
Homemade fruit leather
*Homemade fruit leathers are surprisingly easy to make, and many recipes can be found on Pinterest. Make some on the weekend and have them ready to go for lunches!
Option #7- Pizza Party
Leftover Veggie Pizza
Cucumbers and Hummus
*Homemade popcorn will make any kid happy and this healthy snack is filled with fiber!
Option #8- Eata Pita
Whole wheat pita with grilled chicken and bell peppers
Yogurt with berries
Sugar snap peas
Chocolate covered almonds
*Grill an extra chicken breast at night to make lunch prep simple!
Option #9- Fancy Sandwich
Tuna or favorite lunch meat on a croissant
Apples with peanut butter
*Many chips are loaded with fat, but root chips are a great way to eat healthy without missing that familiar crunch with your lunch.
Option #10- Leftovers
Leftover pasta, meat, etc. from Dinner
*Give you imagination a break. Who doesn’t love some leftovers!