Easy School Lunches

It’s that time of year again. Back to school means back to packing lunches for the kids.  I don’t know about you, but packing lunches is not one of my favorite things to do.  I am not one of those moms who enjoys making the “cookie cutter” shaped sandwiches and packing the perfect lunch.  Let’s face it, when you have 3 kids in 2 different schools (yep, you read that right!) you are doing good to survive much less pack a gourmet lunch! But I do want my kids to eat healthy. So here is how I make packing school lunches a little easier for me, as well as how I make sure they are getting healthy options too.

What to Pack?

Protein

Make sure to include protein in your kid’s lunchbox.  Protein not only helps you feel full faster, but it also helps your child stay fuller longer. So to help them concentrate better in school make sure to include several healthy protein options.

Here are some great ideas: cheese-string cheese or small cubes of cheese, greek yogurt, rolled up turkey or ham slices(nitrate and nitrite free)or grilled chicken.

Healthy fats

Healthy fats are important to our kids nutrition for several reasons. First, healthy fats provide nutrients that are essential for healthy growth, plus they give you tons of energy! And they need that to get through the rest of their school day!

Here are some great healthy fat options: almond butter packets, peanut butter, avocado, cheese, nuts, and hummus.

Healthy carbs

Easy-School-LunchesAlthough we live in a world where we are told that it is important to cut carbohydrates from our diets, carbs are not the “enemy”! In fact, we need healthy carbs to give us energy! It’s the simple carbs such as candy, high-fructose sugars, cakes, cookies, sodas, etc. that we needto steer our kids away from and teach them how to choose healthier options.

Healthy carb options are: whole grain crackers, popcorn, fruits, and yogurt.

For additional ideas check out my video here from my FB LIVE in August —Ideas for EASY SCHOOL BENTO BOX LUNCHES

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