You want to pack a lunch that you and your kids will actually eat. It might seem tough. But with a little help, you can become a wiz at creating packable meals that are healthy, yet tasty.
- Try planning ahead to ease a lot of the stress. When making dinner, remember that leftovers can make a great lunch the next day and the freezer can be your friend.
- Make sure you have the right supplies. Your containers should be insulated and have enough space for an ice pack or a thermos container. Packing reusable napkins or silverware is also environmentally and financially friendly.
- Fruit is a quick and easy snack that can be eaten individually or paired with another food.
- Create homemade trail mix to make sure family members can enjoy their favorite ingredients. Mix dried fruit with nuts, raisins, pretzels, and even chocolate chips.
- Cut up vegetables — such as carrots, cucumbers, or celery — to make a crunchy snack that people of any age can enjoy.
- Try peanut butter (or almond butter) with rice cakes, bananas, apples or pretzels. You could make the childhood favorite, “ants on a log,” by pairing celery with peanut butter and raisins.
- Try adding vegetables to the top of your pizzas and consider using pita bread as your pizza “dough.”
Not your usual sandwich
- Mix up your sandwich bread by using whole wheat bread, tortilla wraps, or pita bread. Since sandwich meats contain a lot of sodium, try alternatives such as salads; peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; or chicken, tuna, or egg salad sandwiches.
Here’s a recipe to try:
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