It’s that time of the year again, when your mornings get busy as you send your little ones off to school.
Packing healthy lunches when you’re pressed for time can be difficult for the best of us. It’s very important that your kids get necessary nutrients, as a lack of proper nutrition in children can lead to long-term health disorders like obesity, cardiovascular illnesses, and osteoporosis. Also, establishing healthy eating habits early will ensure that your kids grow up to be healthy adults.
How Can You Ensure Your Kids Are Eating Well?
The best way to ensure that your kids are getting all the nutrition they need is to make their meals yourself. When it comes to packing healthy lunches for kids, there is one golden rule—half of your child’s plate should be composed of fruits and vegetables.
Then, choose lean proteins like poultry and fish, and low-fat dairy products like cheese and yogurt to complete the meal. Avoid processed foods, especially ones that have added sugar or salt. Best of all, it only takes a bit of planning to get yourself organized for a full week’s worth of lunches.
Here are some quick and easy lunch ideas that are easy to pack and that your kids will love:
- Turkey Ham and Cheese Rolls-ups with Berry Yogurt
- Steamed Asian Wontons with Stir-fried Veggies
- Fruit Kebabs
- Sweet and Sour Chicken with Buttered Noodles
- Cold Pasta Salad
- Lasagna and Baked Veggies
- Homemade fruit cups
- No-bake Energy Bars
- Banana Bread and Cream Cheese
- BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Try these healthy lunch ideas and watch your kids bring back an empty box—every single day!