Parents want to send a nutritious, well-balanced lunch to school with their kids, and kids want to bring a lunch that tastes good. The good news is that this can be a win-win situation.
Packing a school lunch that satisfies both parents and kids doesn’t have to involve counting calories, carbs, and sodium grams. A good guideline is to pack a sandwich, a fruit or vegetable, a drink. and a very small treat.
The sandwich provides grain (bread) and protein (meat or otherwise). The fruit and/or vegetable provides vitamins and fiber. Kids need to hydrate with a healthy drink like water,100% fruit juice, or milk. It goes without saying that a small treat is always appreciated. Examples of small treats are a fun-sized candy bar, a serving of cookies (in the case of Oreos that would be two), or individual snack packs.
The best school lunches can be made the night before- that way there’s one less thing to do in the morning. The only other tip I have for packing a school lunch is to remind you to use an ice pack if there’s a dairy product (milk, mayonnaise, or cheese) in the lunch.
If you’re looking for variety in school lunch ideas, check out the seven school lunch menu ideas below.
Healthy school lunch idea #1:
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Healthy school lunch idea #2:
Fun-size Snickers bar
Bottle of water
Healthy school lunch idea #3:
Healthy school lunch idea #4:
Healthy school lunch idea #5:
Tuna salad sandwich
Bottle of water
Healthy school lunch idea #6:
Celery and carrot sticks
Fun-sized Twix bar
Healthy school lunch idea #7:
Reese’s peanut butter cup
Involving your children in the lunch making process is an awesome idea. It makes them feel like they have some say so in what they’re eating. It’s also a good way to teach kids a little about nutrition and responsibility. You (or they) can create a school lunch menu by mixing and matching from the menus above. (Just be sure to take an item from each line so that Junior doesn’t end up with a lunch box full of snacks!)
Packing a healthy school lunch that satisfies both parents and kids is easy!