Packing a healthy, delicious, and satisfying school lunch is no easy task. This list of helpful tips will ensure that the kids are well fed and the parents are free from stress.
1. Get the Kids Involved
Take the kids on your next Farmers Market trip! Choose healthy options from each food group, and let your child pick their favourites!
2. Pack School Lunches the Night Before
Grab the kids and create a fun nighttime activity. Keep utensils, pre-made snacks, food cutters, and reusable bags in an easy-to-reach spot.
3. Make Food Fun
Cookie cutters with fun shapes are a great way to entice kids to eat healthy meals! Try skewering meat, cheese, and veggies to create colourful and nutritious kebabs!
4. Keep School Lunches Balanced
Keep a print out handy of the five food groups. Don’t forget to pack fresh fruits, veggies, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains.
5. Pack Familiar Foods
Keep a rotating list of favourite foods handy. Make lunch interesting and exciting by choosing different meals each week!
6. Make Food in Advance & Freeze
Cook and freeze soups, pastas, meatballs, stews, muffins, sandwiches, smoothies, waffles, and more!
7. Choose a Lunch Box With Compartments
Dividers make it easy for you to pack a variety-filled lunch! They also help with portion control.
8. Pack a Dipping Sauce
Whether it’s peanut butter (or a nut-free alternative), hummus or spinach, choose a dip that your kids love. This will help them snack on fruits and veggies easier.
9. Leftovers Are Your Friend
You don’t have to get creative with every school lunch. Re-packing last night’s dinner is easy, healthy, and sustainable!
10. Add Notes of Encouragement
Your child will love finding positive notes in their school lunch! We adore handwritten notes or cute printables!
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