Back to Lunch

Tips on how to pack a healthy lunch your kids are sure to enjoy

By: Melanie Peters   |   August 28, 2015

​Back-to-school means back-to-school lunches and a daily challenge for many parents: what to pack that’s both delicious and nutritious. Fitting a balanced meal into a lunch box or already bulging backpack is no easy task. Assuring that you’re providing food that will also tempt your kids’ taste buds while avoiding nutrition no-nos, such as too much sugar or sodium, but providing sufficient calcium and protein can be daunting. Throw in a picky eater and it’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel, or brown bag as the case may be.

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We’re here to help! These tips will help ensure you’re providing a healthy lunch your children will enjoy eating and you’ll feel good about making:

  • Choose whole grain breads. Whole grains will help your kids feel fuller while providing much-needed fiber
  • Choose peanut or other nut butters that contain no added sugar
  • Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry for protein
  • Create visual appeal with different shapes. For sandwiches, roll the ingredients inside a tortilla or another flatbread, then cut into smaller pieces to make little pinwheels or use cookie cutters
  • Take vegetables from “no way!” to “yes, please!” with easy-to-make and pack vegetable sushi
  • Embrace the juice box. Juice boxes aren’t evil – as long as it’s 100% fruit juice
  • Get your kids involved! Letting your children help with food prep is a great way to introduce healthy foods and motivate them to eat their own creations

School lunches can be a chore – to plan and prepare. By following these tips you can feel confident that you’re providing a lunch that both you and your kids can feel good about.