Want to “healthify” your kids school lunch box? Packing a delicious, healthy lunch is actually easier than you think. I’ve got three different lunch box meals and some easy tips, plus great products to introduce you to!
(Disclosure: I work with the brands mentioned on the TV segment and this blog.)
Toddler’s Preschool Lunch Box
Give preschoolers a variety of foods they can easily hold – like eggs, hummus with veggies, a half sandwich on whole grain bread and fruits. I love to use canned carrots – all you do is drain, rinse, and add to the lunch box. My girls like them because they are easier to chew.
I also am a big fan of canned fruit, like pears and peaches – delicious choices for younger kids to enjoy.
The can seals in
nutrition, freshness, and flavor. Studies show that kids who eat canned foods get more servings of fruits and vegetables overall.
So go ahead and stock up and build a “cantry” in your pantry! You can also visit CansGetYouCooking.com for recipes.
Sandwich Lover’s Lunch Box
This box is for our sandwich lovers — the next best thing for sliced bread. Sabra Spreads is a new line of fresh, hummus based spreads with flavors and texture to compliment your kids favorite sandwich.
Make a quick chicken salad with canned chicken (or leftovers) and the Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper spread, paired with crunchy romaine lettuce and sliced tomato.
Also try Garlic Herb (I like this with tuna fish or roasted veggie wrap) and Honey Mustard (pairs great with turkey or other lunch meats). I love this new way to enjoy hummus and “upgrade” the taste and flavor of sandwiches.
Pack More Protein and Calcium with fairlife
Along with your sandwich, make sure to include milk – either 2% white or chocolate.
If you’re looking for higher protein, look for fairlife ultra-filtered milk because it has more protein and calcium than other milks.
One cup provides 13 grams of protein, 9 vitamins and minerals, and half the sugar of conventional milk. When they filter the milk, they are able to take out the lactose, and give you more protein and calcium. So you don’t need to add a protein powder.
Chocolate milk is great for youth athletes after a practice or game – or as a treat with lunch, I know my girls love it.
Make Good Use of Leftovers
This last box is for busy parents – like me! Make good use of leftovers and “reimagine” your kids’ lunch. I turned turkey cheeseburgers into turkey burritos with “Farm to Family” by Butterball. This is a new line of ground turkey with no antibiotics ever – American human certified, turkeys are fed an all vegetarian diet, based on whole grains – with no animal byproducts.
Just chop up leftover turkey burgers and roll into a tortilla with your favorite fillings. A simple trio of canned black beans, shredded carrots and lettuce and a little salsa will be very filling and flavorful.
Serve it up with a piece of fruit and milk.
What’s in Your Kids Lunch Box?
What will your kids be packing for lunch? Share your favorite tips and recipes that help get your family in the back-to-school groove in the comments below.
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