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
- 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)
- 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