Even though school lunches are getting better nutritionally, many parents prefer to supply their kids’ lunches themselves. Even so, ideas for tasty, nutritious lunches kids will love can be in short supply on a Sunday evening following a busy weekend.
Here are a few suggestions to solve that problem:
Lean, low-fat turkey, ham or roast beef with lettuce and tomato on whole wheat lavash or tortillas
Deviled ham and pickle sandwich
Mozzarella cheese and tomato sandwich
Chicken salad with cranberries and celery
Turkey or ham wrapped around a slice of cantaloupe
Sliced low fat cream cheese and raspberry jam on an English muffin
Greek yoghurt with baby carrots, celery sticks and chicken tenders
String cheese and salami
Chicken noodle soup
Corn and tomato chowder
Baked beans with tiny franks
Spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce
Samosas made from leftover chicken
Mandarin orange segments and blueberries
Oatmeal raisin cookie
Carrot cake cupcake
Whole grain ginger snaps
Be sure to use a lunch box with some thermal capacity and wash it thoroughly every evening. Pack hot lunches in a thermos and include frozen cold packs to keep cold foods from spoiling. You can also freeze sandwiches overnight; they’ll thaw by lunchtime.
Include a package of 100% fruit juice box or a bottle of water and some moist towelettes for cleaning hands before and after eating, and your kids will be in great shape for lunch!