School is back in session full time, and if you are anything like me you worry about what your kids are going to eat while they are at school. Recent talk about GMO’s and which foods contain them, which do not, can get confusing. To make sure my kids eat well, I choose to pack their lunch. This way I know exactly what they are eating, what is in the food, where it is purchased, and what nutrients they are consuming to fuel their bodies. We here at http://www.6kidsand6packplus2.com wanted to help you take the guess work out of packing nutritious meals.
Preparation is not only my key to successful eating; it is key to my kids eating as well. My mornings are hectic enough so I prepare the lunches in the evening after dinner. I have it packaged and stored, because I hate the dreaded search for the Tupperware tops even more in the morning.
#1: Ants on a log, the good old stand by to get my kids to eat celery. Slice the celery, and spoon in all natural peanut butter or almond butter into the crevasses and top with raisins. I then add apples topped with cinnamon. A Turkey sandwich, on whole wheat bread, goes into the lunch next. Choose a bread containing high fiber, whole grain, or even homemade, with few ingredients and few preservatives. When purchasing Turkey use left overs from dinner, or deli turkey free of nitrates.
#2 Hummus with celery, carrot, and cucumber slices. Hummus is VERY simple to make, check out our recipe section on the blog. Turkey rolls with cheese and fresh spinach. Simply roll the turkey, spinach and a slice of cheese., add grapes or watermelon for dessert.
#3 Apples with Peanut butter or almond butter, grapes/ watermelon, apple slices on a stick, and a slice of zucchini bread, check out the blog for the full recipe!
#4 Tacos (leftovers from dinner)
This is easy and quick, I place the different taco toppings, (salsa-chicken, beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes) in a bento style dish and pack a taco shell so my son can “Build his own” taco at school. This is made completely of leftovers and very simple.
#5: Hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, carrots, celery and hummus, and a homemade chocolate muffin for dessert. (You can sneak spinach into that one) ☺
#6: Homemade trail mix (so many variations) low-sugar yogurt, small salad, and a nectarine.
I find the more creative “looking” the food, the more appetizing it is to a child. I often lace grapes, watermelon, and apples, onto a kabob stick so they are more likely to eat it. Younger kids also enjoy their sandwiches in the shape of something, anything, besides the square. These are easy quick lunches anyone can put together. Very few ingredients, few preservatives and grocery shopping will not take long and will not be expensive. We suggest always having a variety of colors on your plate, add a red, orange, yellow, and green fruit or veggie to your child’s lunch! Your child’s future eating habits are in YOUR hands!!!!