Fast and Easy School Lunches That Will Actually Get Eaten.
By Michelle Stern
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- Ask your kids what they will enjoy. Remember that if they don’t like certain foods at home, they won’t like them at school either!
- Ask for their input before loading their lunch box. Just because they liked something today doesn’t mean that they will like it again tomorrow.
- Keep in mind that your children don’t have much time to eat…so pack foods in small portions that are easy to eat, so they have time left to play.
- Don’t be lured into buying prepackaged lunches, which are high in fat, sugar, salt and calories, are much more expensive, and produce tons of unnecessary garbage.
- Let your child help you select a cool lead-free and reusable lunch bag or lunch box. Pick up a few reusable containers that will fit inside – this will prevent food from leaking and getting smashed, and will help you avoid using disposable items like plastic bags and foil.
- Whenever possible, pack lunches the night before. Why add more stress to your morning routine?
Here are a variety of ideas for some fun and interesting lunches. Don’t forget to include fruits or vegetables, protein and whole grains every day.
- Instead of sliced bread, try rice or whole grain crackers, whole wheat pita bread, bagels and tortillas.
- Wrap it Up! Combine a variety of spreads, fillings and wrappers for a sandwich alternative your kids won’t forget. For lots of wrap recipes, please visit the Healthy School Lunches page at What’s Cooking.