Now that our kids are back in school, we may find ourselves wracking our brains trying to come up with things to pack for their lunches.
While our moms might have sent us on our way with a PB&J sandwich, some cookies and a banana, we may want to switch things up a bit for our own kids and come up with ideas that are healthy, fast to prepare and that our children will actually eat.
Now, in a perfect world, if you are also packing your own lunch in the morning to eat at the office, it would be amazing if you could tweak your kids’ lunches just a little to also prepare something you will enjoy too.
Fortunately, it is quite possible to make quick, easy, tasty and versatile lunches that your kids will love and that can be easily added for your own lunchbox needs.
Tuna and avocado and tomatoes – oh my!
For your kiddo, spoon a child-sized serving of tuna salad into a Bento-box style lunch box. Add in some salad greens, avocado slices and grain free crackers, along with either tomatoes or berries and voila – you have put together an amazing lunch your kids are sure to eat. You can take the same meal for your lunch – maybe just make the portions a bit bigger.
Finger food salad
Again, using a Bento-style box, add whatever types of salad ingredients your kids love in the different sections – this can include greens, carrots, avocado, mango chunks, dairy-free cheese and nuts. For you, do the same, only perhaps with a few added ingredients your kiddos would rather not have.
Chicken and a (grain-free) biscuit
For a super protein-rich lunch, include seasoned boneless and skinless chicken breast slices – you can cook it the night before in the oven or out on the grill, and add in a grain-free biscuit, carrots and hummus for dipping. If your kids aren’t too wild about hummus, peanut butter and carrots go well together. For both of you, add in melon and/or berries.
Ladybugs on a log
If you both love the taste of pepperoni – either the regular or turkey version – start with grain-free crackers, pepperoni slices and organic non-dairy cheese and then for a fun side add in the ingredients for “ladybugs on a log,” which is celery filled with peanut butter and topped with a few dried cranberry “ladybugs.”
We’d love to hear from you!
What types of easy, healthy and tasty lunches have you made for your kids? We would welcome your ideas. After all, the school year has just started so we are always looking for new healthy options to put in the lunch boxes!