Healthy School Lunch Ideas: Get Your Ducks In A Row
It’s wonderful that the children are back at school. No more stress about programing their days.
Sometimes school days bring other things to fret about.
Eating nutritious meals should not be one of them. Make it fun to eat healthy meals- even for a busy family.
You can make a whimsical Funny Food breakfast that is nutritious and easy.
Adding a few berries, nuts, raisin or other dried fruits can make a bowl of cold cereal more nutritious. When you use the ingredients to make a wacky character it’s so much fun to gobble it up. Keeping ingredients on hand is the trick. If you’re prepared with possible eyes, noses and mouths- you’re ready for a fun breakfast.
The children start off with a healthy breakfast and it sets the tone for the day. And when they eat a nutritious lunch, it fuels their mental energy for the rest of the school day.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing the nutritional standards for the food that is served in schools. There will be more fruits and vegetables on the menu.
If your kids take lunch to school steer them toward healthy lunches carefully and slowly.
Introduce new foods one at a time. If you add more than one new food it may backfire and your child might reject all new foods.
Swap their yearnings for something crunchy for a healthier choice that may still satisfy them- a rice cake or air-popped popcorn as a substitute for chips.
Sectioned containers look appetizing when you open them and they have partitions for multiple food groups. You can pack the less healthy choices your child craves in the smallest section. Cut it up into small pieces and it will look like there’s a lot.
Add a healthy snack such as nuts, carrots, snow peas, grapes or a clementine-so easy to peel.
Take small steps toward having your family eat nutritious meals and you are likely to be successful.
Use our book, Funny Food as a reference for interesting food combinations and creations.