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Super Healthy School Lunch Ideas
Ok, so the holidays are over and the kids are back in school, YAY! Now you need to come up with creative school lunches that are healthy so your kids don’t eat junk food … YUCK.
Making school lunches can be difficult. Kids can be picky about what they eat, and if they don’t like what’s in their lunch, they will trade it away or just eat the stuff they like, then buy something afterwards or even buy junk foods from other kids.
One thing that can help you avoid this is to let your kids pick some of the foods they will eat, as well as letting them help to prepare their lunch as much as possible. This will help to avoid having your kids trade away their lunches. If they like what they packed, they are much more likely to eat it.
Most children love to help out in the kitchen and are usually able to do much more than you think they can. One way to get your kids started is to let them take out their own lunch containers and get them ready.
If you are like most of us, you want to avoid plastic as much as possible but it seems as if most kids’ lunch boxes today are made from plastic and contain plastic sandwich holders and plastic beverage containers. Most schools don’t want you to use glass (we wouldn’t recommend it for this purpose either), so this limits your choices.
The best lunch containers to use are the steel lunch boxes that you often see construction workers tote to work. These might cost a bit more at first, but they are washable and last forever. Also, your child can decorate it with stickers, markers, or however they like. Add a few containers such as silicone bottles for drinks, stainless steel insulated thermos containers for things like soup, steel water bottles for drinks, and other types of silicone or steel containers for other items. You can find a tons of options online if you cannot find these items at your local stores.
Put all these containers in a lower drawer or shelf in the kitchen so that your child can pull out their own containers and get them ready for you. Now, the hard part. The menu.
It helps if you make up a rotating menu with about two weeks’ worth of meals in advance. Of course, you can always change things around to suit your child’s taste or the weather, but this helps to make your lunches easy to make and your child can go two weeks without eating the same thing twice!
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