At home, it’s easy to whip up whatever my kids might like for lunch on a given day. But now that my oldest daughter is in kindergarten, I’ve had to be a bit more creative in order to put together portable, healthy and appealing lunches. These are some of the simple and healthy lunch ideas for kindergarteners that we’ve come up with over the past few months.
Sandwiches on Whole Wheat Bread
Whether you’re child prefers turkey sandwiches, cheese sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly, you can improve the quality of his or her lunch if you forgo the white bread and switch to whole wheat bread, instead. Children may be resistant to the change at first, especially if they’ve had white bread up to this point. However, if your entire family moves to wheat, their complaints will fall on deaf ears.
Fresh fruit is a perfect choice for a kindergarten lunch. Cut up apple slices, fill a bag or container with grapes, or send in a Clementine when the season is right. My daughter loves fruit, so it’s a quick, easy and healthy addition to her daily lunch.
Fresh Veggies and Dip
Another healthy snack option that can work well for school-age children is fresh veggies and dip. My daughter is quite content with cucumber slices, carrot sticks or raw broccoli, and I include a small container of low-fat ranch dressing for dipping.
If you’re able to send an ice pack with your child to lunch, yogurt works well in a kindergarten lunch box. Many popular children’s yogurt varieties can also be frozen and will defrost in time for lunch. My daughter often views a healthy container of yogurt as her dessert-perfect!
Soup in a Thermos
My daughter’s class is the first in the school to eat lunch at just after 10:30 a.m. So, I’m able to send her hot soup in a thermos, and it’s still warm by the time she has lunch. She loves the change from a typical sandwich. It’s also a good choice on a cold winter’s day.
When my house is simply out of healthy lunch options for my kindergartener, I am thankful that I have the option for her to purchase a school lunch for a reasonable price. The school lunch menu offers a good variety and always includes a fruit and a vegetable. My daughter loves being able to pay for her lunch like the big kids. At the very least, I feel that the addition of milk to my kindergartener’s lunch makes the meal much healthier than if I’d sent juice or another sugary drink.