By Sport Nutrition Coach Laura Nava

Blog #32

Kids are back to school this month. I’m not sure about you, but for me, I would scramble to put my kids lunches together.  I have found getting the kids involved, letting them pick out lunch items, however still guided with healthier choices, or having them pack their lunch bags, actually turned out fun. And, a perk, they got really creative. Giving them a few healthy choices will allow you to have some control of what goes in, but gives them that feeling that they chose what to eat.  Remember to keep things simple and easy. Think outside the box, or bag ;-P It doesn’t always have to be a sandwich. Here are some of my ideas for healthy lunches…

Quesadillas

They’re kid favorites for a reason — and contrary to our adult biases, they don’t need to be piping hot to be delicious.

            •           Pack with: Avocado slices or guacamole, jicama sticks, pineapple chunks, pumpkin seeds, or tortilla chips

Hummus and Pita Plate

Nine out of 10 kids love a good smear of hummus. Why not make it the star of the show?

            •           Pack with: Salami, olives, carrots, baby tomatoes, and grapes. (Note that dipping is easier and less messy if you pack the hummus in a separate container.)

Breakfast for Lunch

Make extra food when you have time for a nice breakfast on the weekend, and save the leftovers for lunches —think hard-boiled eggs, leftover pancakes, and leftover sausages.

            •           Pack with: Sliced strawberries, squeezable yogurt. (Frozen yogurt tubes also make great small ice packs, and typically thaw by lunch.)

Some other combinations that I use;

Pasta Salad
Yogurt
Granola Bar
Raspberries

Almond Butter+Jelly (or PB+J)
String Cheese
applesauce
Chips

Crackers
Cheddar Cheese Cubes
Grapes
LaraBar or Cliff Bar

Or Choose one idea from each list and you got yourself a delicious lunch;

MAIN MEAL:

Pita Bread + Hummus

Cheese + Crackers

Almond Butter + Jam Sandwich

Cheese Quesadilla

Hard Boiled Eggs

Pasta Salad

Meat + Cheese Kabob

Chips + Guacamole

Bagel + nut butter

Veggie +Hummus Wrap

FRUITS + VEGGIES:
Oranges

Apples

Strawberries

Grapes

Peaches

Blueberries

Raspberries

Natural Applesauce

Mangoes

Melon

Baby Carrots

Cucumbers

Grape Tomatoes

Edamame

Snap Peas

SIDES and SNACKS:
Chips

Granola Bars

Pretzels

String Cheese

Yogurt

Trail Mix

Lara Bar or Cliff Bar

Popcorn

Crackers

chips + salsa

Pudding          

Graham crackers

I hope this gave you some great ideas. Maybe it’ll help make life a little easier come school days.  If you want any additional help with healthy eating, whether for yourself or kids, schedule a FREE 20 minute nutrition consultation with me, by clicking the link.

~ Coach Laura