School lunches are getting skimpier and skimpier which is why many parents have switched to packing their kid’s lunch. When it comes to education, your kids learn best if their brains are fed and well nourished. Here’s how to pack the perfect back to school lunch for a balanced day. Bento like boxes are great to help make lunches healthy and fun. Groupon often offers them at a great price.
Give them Some Protein
Protein is essential for your growing kids. A simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich have just the right amount of protein. However, you can also include things like nuts, cheese, sliced meats, and eggs to give a little variety to their protein.
Make it Colorful
Not only do kids like colorful items in their lunch, but adding a variety of colorful food items makes it more tempting for your child to eat it. Offer them a variety of colorful fruits and veggies such as bananas, apples, broccoli, and ranch, snap peas, plump tomatoes, oranges, strawberries, and grapes. Fruit salads or fruit and veggie kabobs making eating healthy food fun. Target has a great selection of fresh fruits and veggies.
Offer Brain Foods
Giving your child a variety of foods from the pyramid offers your child a balanced diet, but there are certain foods that help boost brain focus and memory. For the best learning experience, off your kids some of the following brain foods in their lunch:
- Celery (ants on a log with peanut butter and raisins)
- Dark chocolate
- Leafy green vegetables
Cut the Foods into Fun Shapes
Studies show that even healthy food is eaten more if it is more appealing to the eye. If you want to get your kids to eat more of a healthy variety, cut their food into fun shapes, make crazy critters, or offer dips to dip them in. The more creative you get with your child’s food, the more likely they are to eat it.
Pack Milk and Juice or Water
Milk offers your kids calcium and vitamins for their growing bones. Though milk is a great drink to go with any meal, many kids don’t drink enough while at school. Pack your kids a little more to drink than just milk. Juice offers a tasty way to get fruits in, but water is also a necessity for keeping our bodies going. Send a little more to drink with your child each day.
Don’t forget to add an “I love you note.” Post-It notes are great for these little notes. What other items do you pack for your kids? Share your lunch tips in the comments below!