When it comes to packing lunches, children may wish their parents would stick with the basic sandwich and pack of chips combo. However, parents should be packing items that are not only tasty, but are also healthy for their children. They should also switch the items they pack frequently to keep the kids interested in eating or they may throw away the items and become extra hungry before they arrive back home. What are some healthy lunch ideas you may wish to consider packing?
Change The Plain Peanut Butter Sandwiches And Crackers On Occassion
Yes, peanut butter is healthy. It contains protein. But day after day it does become boring. For this reason, you may wish to change this common lunch item for a sunflower seed spread or a soynut spread. These are also ideal for children with peanut allergies. Children who can eat nuts may also enjoy the spread, Nutella.
You may even want to see if your child likes peanut butter and apple butter sandwiches for a different spin on the usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, it is best to let him or her sample this first at home.
On the chilly days or rainy days, you may want to switch things up and add some soup to your child’s lunch. This can be done by simply placing some soup into a thermos and be sure to add a spoon to his or her lunch box. Your child may like chicken or tomato soup. Plus, don’t forget that chili is considered a soup. You can simply heat up some can soup (look for that is low in sodium) or prepare your own home made version yourself. Remember to make enough for yourself, as well. Moms and dads need to eat lunch, as well.
Does your child enjoy a good deli type sandwich at home? If he or she does, then you know he or she will enjoy one at school. The sandwiches can be made from a variety of meats such as turkey, chicken, or roast beef. The bread can be mini subs, small rolls, or pita pockets. The extra ingredients can include items such as cheese, lettuce, fresh dill, and tomato. The key is to make the sandwiches delicious, without being too messy.
Crackers And Dipping Sauces
For a treat, you can also add crackers and dipping sauces to the lunches. This can include something simple such as some wheat crackers and a homemade dipping sauce. The dipping sauce can be made from some cream cheese and red sweet peppers. It can then be topped with some low fat parmesan cheese and basil.
You should also have your child help you come up with ideas on what to pack in his or her lunch. This will ensure that there are items in the lunch that will get eaten. Then you won’t be wasting money and you can be sure your child is actually eating the lunch you prepare.