Tips for Healthy School Lunches

September 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm 5 comments

Fresh spinach pasta

Make Dinner for Lunch

I have this theory that moms go great guns on lunches for the first few weeks of school and then get into a rut and just make the same the meal every single day.

One tip is to serve dinner for lunch.  If you’re making homemade pizza or chili for dinner, make extras for school lunch the next day.  This routine will make your life easier through the week.

My kids often boycot cold cuts, so I make pasta for them in the morning.  Sometimes it’s whole wheat, sometimes, it’s the regular kind.  Pastene’s Organic Whole Wheat Penne looks the most like regular pasta – it’s not so brown.  Pasta will stay warm in a container.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Pack a fork.  And it’s good to go.

Chicken wraps are also great.  Roast a chicken on Monday and use it all week just for lunch.  Wrap big pieces of cold chicken in a whole grain tortilla with lettuce, tomato and a slice of cheese.

Always pack vegetable sticks and fruit in a small containers. Sun butter sandwiches are a great alternative to peanut butter sandwiches, especially with the peanut allergy so prevalent.  You can get sun butter at Trader Joes.  Not all major grocery stores offer it.

Use white whole wheat bread to make the lunch healthier.  For little kids, use cookie cutters to create fun shapes.

Another tip:  Freeze organic yogurt tubes and add them into lunch boxes as a cold pack.  By the time lunch rolls around the yogurt will be thawed enough to eat.  Avoid the high sugar types and look for yogurt tubes by Stonyfield and Horizon. Pack ice water in a PBA-free plastic bottle, and lunch is done. Mange!

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