Are your kids tired of eating PB&J every day? Do you dread packing lunches? Packing lunch does not have to be a chore. You and your kids can follow these simple steps to pack a quick, healthy lunch!
TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY
Choose whole-grains. This doesn’t have to be bread. Try something new by packing quinoa, brown rice or whole-grain pita pockets instead.
Protein doesn’t have to mean meat. Beans, hummus, and nuts are all great sources of protein
Stay away from cold-cuts. These are sneaky sources of sodium. Choose grilled chicken, egg whites, or lean pork instead.
- Opt for low-fat dairy products.
Mix it up with different fruit preparations. Fruit leathers and fruit sauces are both great alternatives to fresh fruit. Be sure that they are low in added sugar.
Pack a veggie dip. Make vegetables more fun and tasty for your kids by providing a veggie dip. For a protein-packed dip, try hummus and veggie sticks.
Avoid added sugars, trans-fats, and saturated fats in snacks. Instead of cookies and chips, keep your kids full with popcorn without the butter, fruit chips or string cheese.
Make lunch fun. Instead of packing a regular sandwich, place the sandwich components on a stick to make a kabob.
TIPS FOR SAVING TIME
Organize by portion sizes. Sort out your fruits and veggies for the week by putting daily portions into plastic bags, or freeze single-servings of soup for quick reheating in the morning.
Lunch bin in the pantry. No more searching for granola bars all over the pantry as you pack lunch. Keep your snacks, juice boxes, and fruit cups all together in a bin to make a quick grab-and-go lunch.
Bento box style. You won’t forget about a food group by using these lunch boxes. Use one compartment for fruit, one for veggies, and one for protein, grains, and dairy.
Pack ahead. Make lunches the night before, or even several days in advance. This can be a big time saver in the morning!
Momables- How to Prep for the Week in One Afternoon
Alphamom How to Make a Kid's Bento Box
RECIPES – Click on each dish for the recipe
Grilled chicken veggie bowls
Peanut butter and banana roll-ups
Baked apple chips
Black bean and corn salad
Bertilia Trieu and Tisa Hill, Cornell University