When the kids head back to school, things can get pretty hectic. There is always so much to do and not a lot of time to take care of things. In addition to establishing a good nighttime routine and getting the kids up and out the door in time for school in the mornings, you have the challenge of packing your child a nutritious lunch. Here are five healthy meal ideas for back to school lunches you have to try!
You have to be careful to meet the school’s requirements for a healthy school lunch so what you send to school with your child is important. You want the food to be nutritious, but at the same time, it has to be something your child will actually eat.
5 Healthy Meal Ideas for Back to School Lunches
1. Pack finger food
Put together a variety of fruits and healthy vegetables for snacks such as baby carrots, bananas, strawberries and blueberries for your child’s lunch. These foods are healthy and they’re fun to eat so kids love them.
2. Put together your own lunchables
Fresh sliced chicken or turkey, cheese and whole wheat crackers make a great lunch that most kids, even picky eaters will love. You can also make homemade pizza for dinner and send a slice of it to school the next day.
3. Pasta and salad
Make a bow-tie pasta salad with veggies and serve with 1 cup baby greens salad with 2 tablespoons low-fat dressing. Definitely a healthy and quick lunch idea that most kids will love.
4. Veggies and hummus
Put your child’s favourite veggies and 2 tablespoons hummus. You can also add whole wheat pita bread or crackers. Yummy and nutritious lunch!
5. Fiesta meal
Perfect for a fun lunch idea: 1 cup of bean salad, 1/2 cup of fruits, whole-grain tortilla chips with 2 tablespoons salsa, and cube shape reduced-fat cheddar cheese.
Be sure to add a water to your child’s lunch so he’ll also have something healthy to drink.