When it comes to kids, then nutrition is one of the most important aspects to be focused on for your kids, especially at a young age. You never know what nutrition is coming from cafeteria food: But let me assure you, Frozen foods and processed meat is not the way to go. That’s why most parents rather their kids pack their lunches. That’s why I’m here to give you a few tips on packing a healthy and nutritious lunch for your children.
First I would suggest a proper lunch box. We all know the brown paper bag method, but they rip too easily and have a harder time keeping food fresh. So go out and by a decent lunchbox that your kid can bring back after school. I would recommend the insulated lunchboxes, but the metal or plastic ones are still better than the paper bag. This also will save you money and help protect the environment.
Now for actually packing the lunch. We have a variety of healthy options. Sandwiches are a classic favorite, inexpensive to make, and can be very nutritious depending on what you put in it. Meats and dairy products spoil or parish, Remember this! You don’t want your kid getting sick. So make sure you freeze it the night before it is taken to lunch. There are plenty of healthy options for a sandwich. A few suggestions would be;
Tuna or Egg sandwich
Peanut Butter and Jelly(Rich with Protein)
Sliced turkey, or chicken(From the Deli)
Now for the other parts of the meal? Make sure fruit and vegetables go along with him. Apples are a children’s favorite(especially cut up and dipped in caramel.) If your kid is tired of this option though, here are some other suggestions;
Nuts– Almonds, cashews, and mixed nuts.
Yogurt-Look for brands of yogurt made for kids. Made to taste better with the same amount of nutrients.
Carrots-Baby carrots are ideal.
Crackers-Try and go with Whole grains.
You don’t have to pick just a sandwich though! You can now pack food with containers, such as a variety of soups: Chicken noodle and Spaghettios. This along with the other options are just as good if NOT Better!
What not to do! Try and skip Chips! Your kid may love them, but those greasy things will most likely make your kid feel tired and moody at the end of the day. Affect his schoolwork and Chores at home. Also try and stay off of leftovers from last night’s dinner! These foods are meant to be eaten once and not saved for late. You never know what bacteria can get on that food. Especially reheated. Try and stick with fresh food and Organic if you can.
Some more tips. Try and get your kid eating healthy at a young age! This way it would be alot easier for him to accept important foods such as Vegetables when he gets older. Plus it will cut down his risk for being overweight by more than half!