The school year will be here before you know it! And while finding all the coolest gear is of the essence, equally important is sending your kids off to school with nutritious lunches. Here are some tasty ideas that the kids will love – and best of all? They’re easy to make and healthy, too.
1 – Chicken Salad Wrap
For those nights when you have leftover chicken, why not turn it into tomorrow’s lunch? Get a whole wheat wrap, add chicken, light mayo, cranberries, lettuce – and you’re all set!
2 – Bean and Veggie Quesadillas
When it comes to beans, kids don’t always jump for joy. However, when they’re prepared the right way, they will love them. Get some whole wheat tortillas, cheddar cheese, pinto beans and add some salsa. The spice of the salsa (usually mild) combined with the cheese and beans packs a flavorful punch.
3 – Turkey “Star” Sandwiches
These are a fun surprise the first time the children go to take a bite. Get some whole grain bread and cut it into stars. Then add some tasty turkey, lettuce, tomatoes and low-fat American cheese. Be sure to pack a side salad with lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, celery and low fat dressing.
4 – Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Tomato soup is loaded with Vitamin C, lycopene and flavor. Kids love it. Then throw in a grilled cheese sandwich made with fat-free cheddar, pepper jack and romano for a simply unbeatable lunch with a bit of Mediterranean flair.
5 – Tacos
Tacos don’t just have to be for dinner! You can make ones for lunch that are incredibly fun, delicious and with the right ingredients – healthy. Get flour tortillas, roast beef, guacamole, lettuce and hot sauce. Separate each ingredient with plastic containers and they can make the tacos right at school.
And always throw in a piece of fruit for good measure.
There you have it – 5 great healthy lunch ideas for the kids. Be sure to check back every week for more great back to school tips, accessories and fun ideas.