A nutritious and delicious lunch is a necessity for kids in school. They need to keep up their energy levels and attention spans during the long school day, and a healthy lunch makes that easer.
If you’re feeling uninspired about what to pack for school lunches this year, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for tips and recipe ideas that are all about packing a healthy school lunch.
If you’ve never packed leftovers in your child’s lunchbox, you’re missing out on an easy and healthy way to keep them satisfied. You’ve already cooked for the family, and we hope the kids loved it. Use the family meals to streamline school lunch duty.
Leftovers that pack well in school lunches include one-dish meals like:
A thermos will keep warm foods warm, ice packs are great for keeping foods cold, and now you’ll have one less meal to prepare.
If you’ve made something like grilled chicken, save some for sandwiches and wraps. You don’t have to use the entire meal to make the most of this tip — using one or two parts of the full meal is a great foundation for a healthy school lunch.
Foods that don’t require eating utensils are ideal for school lunches, although that can be tricky if you’re packing leftovers. Try some of these options:
Packing a healthy school lunch for your child doesn’t have to be stressful. Use this simple formula to make sure you’re hitting the major nutritional bases:
Use these points as your guide, and you’ll have plenty of lunch ideas to last through the school year.