Better lunches kids actually eat

Today, like most days, preparing my kids’ lunches was a struggle – trying to find the right balance of healthy foods and foods that my kids enjoy and will eat. Over the years, I have searched websites for healthy, creative lunch ideas.

 

Generally, I find suggestions like steamed sesame eggplant or spinach salad. I look at the pictures of lunches that my kids would open, take one look at, and say “no way”. Steamed eggplant may work for a few kids, but mine are not in that group. When I see these suggestions, I get discouraged – like maybe I’ll never live up to that standard. But then I remember, green and healthy is not a one size fits all approach. Personally, I prefer more traditional kid-friendly foods prepared with a healthier spin that kids don’t even notice.

 

Here is an example of what I’m talking about – a recent lunch that my kids gave a thumbs up to:

 

 

Here is what we included in the lunch:

Turkey roll up – choose turkey that is preservative and nitrate free, organic lettuce and a whole wheat tortilla.

Sliced apples – these were organic Honey Crisp apples which are extra good and have been a huge hit with my kids.

Edamame – look for organic, GMO-free soybeans. I sprinkle with a little sea salt.

Corn chips – these are Trader Joe’s organic corn chips – a little like Fritos but so much better.

 

Other suggestions:

Whole wheat bagel with organic cream cheese and strawberries

PB & J – choose whole grain, sprouted bread and organic peanut butter – or try almond butter or sun butter for a healthier twist.

Also mix it up by preparing hot foods and sending in reusable stainless steel containers. My kids like macaroni and cheese, pasta and soups – especially on a cold day. Insulated stainless steel containers like these keep foods hot until lunch time.

 

Make any lunch greener by choosing reusable rather than disposable containers. You can find containers for in virtually any shape and size at: Laptop Lunch, Eco Lunchbox, Lunch Sense, LunchBots and To Go Ware.

 

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