When packing a school lunch for a child, some parents (or children who pack their own lunch) may pack whatever is quicker and easier. This can include a sandwich, junk food, and a soda. As they become pre-teens or teenagers and begin to pack their own lunch, they may end up taking only junk food and a soda. This is not a healthy choice for a school lunch. Healthy school lunches can help your child to continue through the day and get the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals they need.
You should take the time to plan out and pack a healthy lunch for your child (or for yourself if you are a teenager reading this). Even if it means packing it the night before or getting up a few minutes earlier in the morning.
Here are a few tips and ideas for packing nutritious healthy school lunches for your child.
Even lunches need a main course. Of course, the main course of your child’s school lunch will be a healthy sandwich. There are a few type of healthy sandwiches to consider. Healthy sandwiches can include peanut butter and jelly, lean turkey or ham, or tuna. When making these sandwiches, you will also need to use a healthy choice of bread, such as whole wheat. You can also allow them to take warm tomato soup to school in a thermos. The soup can be a main course with the sandwich or a side.
Fruit and Vegetables As A Side.
Fruit and vegetables can make a healthy side! Fruit can include an apple, banana, grapes in a Ziploc or sandwich bag, orange, a fruit cup, and apple sauce. Vegetables can include carrot sticks, celery sticks, and cucumbers.
Rather than serving candy, snack cakes, or chips for dessert, go for a healthier approach. You can serve pretzels, crackers, or nuts. You can also pack a sugar free Jell-O cup. You can also let the fruit cup or apple sauce act as a dessert while serving another fruit or vegetable as a side.
Instead of packing a soda or chocolate milk, go for an alternative as your child’s drink. You can serve 100% fruit juice, vegetable juice, lemonade, or water. You can serve the drinks in a special cooler, cup, or bottle that will help to keep them cool.
If you serve this type of lunch as an alternative to the sweets and sodas, then they will feel energized and ready to continue with their school day! This can help them with finishing their assignments, taking quizzes or tests, and even coming home to work on their homework. Healthy school lunches will also help them to develop a good habit of eating right.