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It is that time of the year for back to school so I thought it was time to give you some tips for packing a school lunch to help get you started on your lunch packing journey.
There are lots of ways to make healthy lunches that taste good and will keep your children full all day! Here are some tips on how to pack the perfect lunch.
1) Make sure it’s balanced –
List of healthy items to include in school lunch
-Whole grain bread or tortilla. Try whole grains like pasta or brown rice with vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes or broccoli mixed in. Add protein such as meatballs or chicken breast and don’t forget fruit like an apple or banana! Finally add something sweet like honey-roasted peanuts for dessert.
-Protein: any meat and cheese, eggs, tofu, peanut butter
-Vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli and sugar snap peas. If your child doesn’t like vegetables use a dip like hummus or ranch.
-Fruit: apples, bananas or oranges are easy because they don’t have to be cut. Watermelon and cantaloupe can be cut into cubes and put in a snack size sandwich baggie. Fruit salad is also a good option if you want to add a variety.
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2) Make it fun –
If your kids feel excited about their lunch and can choose what they want, they are more likely to eat it! I love to use fun lunch accessories like food picks, sauce squeeze pouches, and cut out sandwiches with large cookie cutters. Ask them early on in the week what kind of lunch they would like. You could even try a different international cuisine every day – Mexican, Italian, Chinese or Indian!
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3) Keep it fresh –
Use ice packs for your cold lunches and thermos for hot lunches! this will ensure things are the right temperature at your childs lunch time. A great way to keep things fresh is to use snack size ziplock bags for smaller items such as crackers and cheese. This will prevent your sandwiches from getting soggy!
– How do you organize a lunch packing station?
There are a few things that you need in order to organize your lunch packing station: a counter space, containers for each meal and food items. Organizing your counter space will allow you to easily set up every day without having to move around any other appliances. Once the area is organized try using bins for each days’ worth of lunches. This way each child has their very own color and you can quickly grab what they need for the day. I use a drawer where I am packing lunches for all my accessories.
-When to pack your kids lunches.
The best way to pack the kids’ lunches is at night before bedtime. The reason for this is because it can save time in the morning so you are not running late. Then place them in the fridge so your kids will have them ready to grab and go the next morning.
-Kids’ most common complaints about lunches packed for them
Parents are often challenged with trying to find a way to make their kids eat healthy during the day. One of the biggest complaints is that they get bored with having the same type of food in their lunch every day. The best way around this is to try a variety of different food. You can also get creative and create foods that children enjoy eating such as: pizza, tacos or nachos! Just be careful with using too much sauce to avoid creating a mess in their lunch boxes.
-What are some tips for encouraging picky eaters?
Encouraging picky eaters can be tricky. One way to encourage them is to allow them to choose which foods they want to have for the day’s lunch. Encourage fruits and veggies first thing in the morning for breakfast. Fruit smoothies are also a great option because they can be made quickly and are made with healthy ingredients. Then you know they have already had their daily intake of fruit and veggies.
-What snacks should never be included in kids lunches?
The biggest thing to avoid in a lunch for kids is food items that create messes. Chips, candy or other sugary snacks should be kept out of their lunches. Not only will this encourage good eating habits but also save the parents money from having to constantly purchase expensive unhealthy snacks.
– What are some ideas on how to pack a healthy and nutritional meal?
Some great ideas for packing healthy meals include: a sandwich filled with a protein, fresh fruits and vegetables with dip such as hummus or ranch dressing. You can also choose to make your own trail mix and put it in a small baggy. The best way to ensure they are healthy is by preparing the meals yourself, which is what i love about lunch packing.
-How do you keep kids’ lunches fresh?
Keep your child’s lunch fresh by placing them in a reusable insulated bag or container with ice packs to keep everything cool during their school day. Also using a thermos for warm foods like soup or spaghetti is a great way to keep food fresh and hot until lunchtime.
-How can I avoid having my child pack an unhealthy lunch?
It is important to encourage your children to eat healthy by teaching them what foods are appropriate to have in their lunch. Buy healthier snacks at the grocery store instead of giving them access to a variety of unhealthy choices. Offer them fruits and vegetables first thing in the morning for breakfast or pack their lunch with fresh foods daily. It is also good to ensure they get up and exercise every day! Having an active lifestyle will encourage them to be more healthy during the day as well.
Packing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming and your kids will thank you for it!
If you are struggling to find the perfect lunch for your children, these tips should help. If your child is feeling picky about what they want to eat, try making it fun by using food picks, sauce squeeze pouches, and cut out sandwiches with large cookie cutters. And last but not least, don’t forget ice packs for cold lunches and thermos for hot ones! These three simple tricks will make packing healthy school lunches easy (and delicious) this year – so give them a try today!
I hope these tips for packing a school lunch help you!