Tips For Packing a Healthy School Lunch
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Tips For Packing a Healthy School Lunch

It's back to school time! Follow these tips to keep your children's school lunch balanced and fun!

Get the Kids Involved

  • Take them grocery shopping with you.
  • Let them help you prepare the lunch and have some decision making – they will be more likely to eat it.

Turn Healthy Foods into Fun Foods

  • Cookie cutters, skewers, etc.
  • For creative lunch theme ideas, visit ParentMap.

Make your own snacks (limit processed ones)

  • See recipe below

All food groups represented:

  • Fruits: fresh, frozen, dried, canned, baked (think apple chips!) or pureed.
  • Vegetables: fresh, frozen, or baked (think kale chips!).
  • Lean protein: baked chicken, deli meats, hard boiled eggs, beans or nuts (be aware of nut allergy regulations at your child’s school).
  • Low-fat dairy: milk, cheese or yogurt.
  • Whole Grains: pita, sandwich bread, tortillas, wraps, and pastas.

Make hydration fun

  • Cool water bottles can make drinking water more interesting.
  • If kids get bored of plain water, try adding some frozen fruit in the water bottle.

No Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup honey (or agave nectar)
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

  • Mix everything in a mixing bowl
  • Let cool in fridge for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Form in to balls
  • Store in airtight container and keep refrigerated