The first day of school is right around the corner. Make your children’s school lunches healthy and fun with these new lunch ideas. You can transform classics with healthier recipes and snack ideas that will keep them full throughout the day! Here are some healthy school lunch ideas the kids will love:
- People eat with their eyes first and kids are no different. Make sure the lunch you prepare has a variety of colors and shapes. A mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cheeses will help make it colorful. Use different cookie cutters to give food some interesting shapes that will be attractive to the children’s eyes.
- Choose snacks that are nutrient dense and not calorie dense. Real, whole foods offer far more nutritional value than any processed food or snack, which contain more calories than nutrients. Fruits and vegetables make great snacks or sides for school lunched and can easily replace junk foods. Peanut butter, nuts, cheese, and eggs are also great alternatives and add nutrient dense food to your child’s lunch.
- Make packing lunch a family activity! Have the kids help you prepare and pack their lunches. They are more likely to eat what they have a hand in making. This can also teach them good kitchen skills for the future.
- Get creative. Not every lunch has to be a sandwich, but make a lunch that is easy to eat. Grilled vegetables and meat on a skewer from leftovers or a lunch that requires a little bit of assembly could be a fun and easy way to mix things up.
Your children’s school lunches are only limited by your imagination. If you need some more inspiration for school lunches check out our website. There are tons of healthy recipes that can be modified for a child’s lunch. Here’s an example:
White Bean Dip
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 tsp sea salt and pepper, to taste
In a food processor, combine the beans, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, and pulse until smooth. With the machine running, add the 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil until the mixture is creamy.
Serve with fresh, raw vegetables (for example: cucumbers, peppers, celery, or cherry tomatoes). This recipe will travel well in brown bags or lunch boxes!
Makes 6 servings