Eat Healthy, Grow Strong: Packing Kids’ Lunches
When it comes to school lunches, I like to make sure the kids get a well-rounded meal. Packing the same sandwich day in and day out can be dull — even for an adult. That doesn’t mean you have to go overboard and make crazy bento boxes … but a little fun here and there, coupled with nutritious things, can give life to a mundane lunch!
Leftovers make good lunches. I pack deconstructed versions of tacos so that the kids can assemble them, or just eat the parts separately. Chicken and rice with a side of fruit is easy to pack the night before, and I always add cold packs to the lunchboxes to make sure the meals stay fresh until it’s time to eat. (Learn more about packing a bacteria-free lunch here.)
Speaking of keeping things cold — I freeze juice boxes, yogurt and grapes, which not only defrost in time for lunch, but also act as an additional cooler to the lunchboxes.
I also like to pack are snack bars. While I like to make my own, even purchased ones make great vehicles for adding ‘reminder notes’ to the kids!
Getting your kids to eat healthy can be easy when you add a little fun and change up the meals throughout the week!
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