Fresh Ideas for Kids' Lunches
Now more than ever, providing a healthy lunch for your child is imperative for their total wellness.
Depending on the new normal, your child may be going to school daily or learning with a mix of virtual and in-classroom learning. Many schools are not offering food service, so this is an excellent opportunity to introduce a variety of healthy foods for your child and have more control over their food choices.
With a little preparation and creativity, you can say goodbye to last-minute scrambling for lunch ideas when you go food shopping or buying online. Explore these healthy products to complement your lunch.
Protein for Energy
Packing protein with each lunch meal helps keep your child’s energy levels even and avoids sugar crashes. Protein breaks down into amino acids that influence mood, memory, energy, growth and may improve overall cognitive function.
Some protein ideas are hard-boiled eggs chopped up in avocado to make a creamy egg salad. You can look to Udi’s gluten-free bread or Simple Mills almond crackers to add some balance. Add some Daiya vegan cheese, and you’ve got a winning combination. Daiya cheese is a great snack as well, with some organic fruit or vegetables.
If deli meats are your choice of protein, then look for Applegate Farms organic lean meats. You can roll them up or throw in some celery and carrots sticks to add some crunch. If you are looking for a delicious wrap, SieteFoods offers several varieties, even corn-free taco shells! Avocado toast or in a wrap would be fun for your child and great in providing a nutrient-enriched lunch.
Sidekicks to the Main
If dips are your thing, then organic hummus with almond crackers and veggies are a great balance of taste and texture. Organic cottage cheese or coconut yogurt is a great sidekick to the main meal.
If your child enjoys a green leafy salad, you can throw in some crunchy chickpeas, celery, diced apples, nuts, cranberries, and sliced lean meat. I like to add some apple cider vinegar to guacamole as dressing and sprinkle some shredded Daiya vegan mozzarella cheese. Yes, lunch meals can be fun!
What about some healthy snacks to have after lunch?
Luckily there are so many options as well. Checkout chia pudding, organic almond or coconut yogurt, gluten-free Quinn pretzels, Vegan Rob’s Beet Puffs, carrots, celery, mini peppers, apples, strawberries, kiwis, Enjoy Life seed and fruit trail mix, GoMacro plant-based bars, and even black bean Beanitos tortilla chips.
It’s time to make lunch meals delicious and nutritious and fun for you and your child. Just explore these products when shopping for the family groceries as a little preparation goes a long way.
Remember the beverage, too!
The best beverages are the vitamin-infused Kids Luv, and the flavors of coconut, mango, and peach + orange offer something for everyone’s tastebuds.
Here’s to your child looking forward to lunchtime no matter where it is this school year!
Becoming your best health advocate and making healthy decisions for your family is essential. Remember, your health is worth it because you are worth it.
Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, Nutritionist, and passionate to empower others to become their health advocate. She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Membership & Podcast, Look and Feel Great Method, and Raising Achievers & Givers: Positively Powerful Parent program. Learn more & be empowered at nancyguberti.com.