4 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Your Kids and Family
By Anita Ginsburg
Lunchtime can be a hassle for families with children. Many kids don’t eat a wide variety of foods, making healthy lunches difficult to prepare. Likewise, adults tend to eat unhealthy meals for lunch or skip them altogether. We get it. It’s easy to run through the drive-through and get a burger. Instead, it’s time to start opting for healthier choices for both you and your family.
This is a classic that still holds its weight today. Peanut butter sandwiches, especially when served on whole wheat, are a healthy staple that kids love. Pair it with Goldfish Crackers, banana and 100% fruit juice for a lunch your child will be happy to take to school. If your child has any peanut allergies, consider alternatives such as a sunflower seed butter and raspberry jam sandwich.
For a lunch your whole family will enjoy, try making grilled chicken wraps with light ranch dressing, shredded cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. To drink, give them the choice of milk or juice. Add a boiled egg and some grapes or carrots with ranch to tie it all together. Make sure to pack this lunch in an insulated lunch bag.
Soup is a yummy and easy addition to any lunch. Heat up some vegetable soup or another favorite of your choice. Make sure to pour it in an insulated soup canister, so it will still be warm when lunchtime rolls around. Pair it with a kaiser bun, crackers, cheese wedges, and low-fat chocolate milk. Kaiser buns also make delicious sandwiches. If you prefer, you can make a grilled cheese sandwich on a kaiser bun to complement the vegetable soup.
This is a fun dish that kids will love. You can even let your children help make the kabobs. Prepare a platter with a mixture of meats such as turkey, ham, and pepperoni. Next, add some sliced pickles, a variety of cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Let your kids create their own kabobs with the combination of their choice. Don’t forget to add some crackers to go with it. Boiled eggs and carrots also pair well with this dish. Lastly, give your children the choice of milk or juice.
Lunchtime doesn’t have to be a hassle. Children and adults alike will benefit from these easy, healthy meals. Skip the fast food, and please the entire family with these easy lunch ideas that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy.