Packing lunches for your kids doesn’t have to be as boring as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (although PB&J is a good healthy option!). Here are some ideas for your kid’s lunches that will not only have them excited about packing a lunch but might be worthy for your work lunch too!
School Lunch Ideas for the Kids
Bow-Tie Pasta Salad & Veggies
Parents Magazine has a lot of great ideas such as making some bow-tie pasta salad with veggies such as broccoli and red peppers. Some good side ideas to go with that include a side salad with low-fat dressing, watermelon or any other fruit you have around and a couple of fig cookies. Delicious, healthy and filling enough to help your child get through the rest of the school day.
Peanut Butter with a Twist
Here’s a fun idea from 100 Days of Real Food! Instead of Peanut Butter and Jelly, how about Peanut Butter and Honey? Throw in a side of string cheese and sugar snap peas plus some apples and a small mix of popcorn and crackers and you’ve really dressed up what normally is considered a boring sandwich!
Egg Salad Bento Lunch
You can always find great ideas from Good Housekeeping! Instead of making an egg salad sandwich, spoon your egg salad on top of some lettuce. For your fruit side, mix some bananas and blueberries with yogurt (which will help keep the bananas from browning) and for a healthy desert, mix a few chocolate chips with pistachios.
Swap the Sandwich for a Wrap
You know your kid will find the wrap to be way cooler than a regular, boring sandwich.Health Magazine suggests using a tortilla and filling it with turkey, lettuce, tomato and cucumbers. They also recommend swapping out mayonnaise for pesto.
Yup, most likely you’ve looked over these suggestions and decided that not only are they good for your kids, but you too! That’s great because now meal prep should be even easier if you’re having the same food as your kids. We’d love to see pictures of you doing meal prep with your kids. Just share them on our Facebook page or on Twitter and use the hashtag #BusyBeingHealthy. It’s a great way to connect with a community of others who, like you, are #BusyBeingHealthy.