Kids are at such an impressionable age that this is our opportunity as parents to teach them healthy/clean eating. I know some of this may take time a little bit of effort but try meal prepping it over the weekend so everything is grab n go/reheat during the week! What's more important that teaching our children lifelong healthy eating habits.
One quick tip: make sure you cut and chop everything up for the kids in smaller portions. I've found even if it's small enough for L to eat on his own, he likes things he's able to pick up in bite size pieces rather than having to pick it up and eat it whole. Lol spoiled?? Maybe.
- Burrito wraps with last night’s leftovers
- A mix of low-fat cottage cheese and clean yogurt
- plain, non fat greek yogurt, drizzled with honey (real honey!!), and any fruit/berries (L loves bananas and a few raisins)
- Cottage cheese and fruit with nuts and seeds
- Toast with clean nut butter
- Rice crackers with cheese or clean nut butter
- Overnight Oatmeal
- Scrambled eggs (add some beans or veggies for fiber!)
- Clean Eating Granola (Make on the weekend, enjoy during the week!)
These also work great as fillers for Bento Box lunches.
- Clean Eating Yogurt – plain yogurt or greek yogurt with fresh fruit and maybe a little honey
- Raw veggies with clean eating ranch dip or clean eating hummus
- Edamame beans
- Clean eating crackers – Yes, they do exist. But it takes some searching.
- Clean eating granola bars
- Dried fruit
- Hard boiled eggs
- Cheese chunks
- Protein bars
- Pita pocket sandwiches stuffed with things your kids like and you’re comfy with
- Cheese sticks
- Whole wheat pretzels
- Mandarin oranges
- Cucumber slices
- Lastly, aside from all the delicious fruit, if L has fruit in his Lunch box already I give him a Jammy Sammy as a little dessert! They are his absolute favorite!
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (clean jelly please – and make sure your school doesn’t have an anti-peanut rule) Since L can't have PB I always do almond butter.
- Fruit salad
- Potato salad
- Macaroni salad
- Rice salad
- Quinoa salad <- this one OR on of our favorites: quinoa, black beans, corn, finely chopped peppers (super fine for the kids ;-) ) shredded low fat cheese, any type of meat (we like the andouille sausage in these) zesty italian dressing
- Whole grain tortilla wraps
- Nori wraps (sushi with kid friendly fillings – just roll like a burrito)
- Whole wheat or sprouted wheat bagels (cream cheese is usually okay for kids unless they are overweight. It’s clean, and under normal circumstances, they will burn off the calories just being kids. Especially if they have a bunch of other healthy options in their lunch box)
- Hummus sandwiches - whole wheat sandwich thins, feta cheese, black beans, hummus, and a little mozzerella - melt so it all sticks together.
- Ham and jelly (think kids monte cristo) - ezekiel bread, real ham, a little homemade or organic/local jelly, white cheddar cheese - melted together
(sources: the gracious pantry, amazon, pottery barn)