Packing up School Lunches
Kids are going back to school. Bag lunches are being packed, and to prevent boredom, you’ll want to include a variety of foods, and a beverage. Each meal should have a minimum of protein, a starch, and fruit and/or veggies.
Healthy protein options: hummus, legumes, quinoa, tofu, nut butters & nuts for veggie options, fish, poultry breast and lean meats.
Whole-grain starch options: whole-grain breads, rolls, pita pockets and tortillas; muffins with fruit or grated veggies (like carrots); whole-grain rice, pasta or quinoa; whole-grain pretzels and crackers.
Other brown bag lunch additions: fruit and/or veggies; simple dessert or treat; beverages such as milk or water. And an occasional special note is a nice surprise for your kids!
Lunch is an important refueling time for kids. What you pack takes some thought. Kids are building muscles and bones, gaining their height, and require brain fuel to be sharp in class. Keep most of the lunch foods and beverages healthy, but there certainly is room for simple treats such as a pudding cup, Nilla wafers or reduced-sugar cereal bars.