Easy, healthy choices for kids
We all want healthy lunches for our children. But in a busy world, achieving this is difficult. So, here are some simple, healthy lunch solutions for our kids.
We all want healthy meals for our children. But in a busy world, achieving this is sometimes easier said than done, and so we look for simple food solutions for kids’ lunches.
Some companies put together pre-made lunch kits. While convenient, these kits are often not a healthy choice. For instance, Lunchmates, a popular lunch kit, contains food very high in salt and fat. The Turkey+Ham with Swiss+Cheddar has a whopping 1,940 mg of sodium, well above the daily maximum recommended for young children (1,200 mg). With only one gram of fibre, this meal won’t go far toward meeting many of your child’s dietary needs.
Making It Right
Want to know how to make lunches convenient without resorting to prepackaged options? Here are some tips.
Keep in mind that a child’s metabolism is high when he or she is growing. Dr. Demory-Luce, a nutritionist at the Bayer College of Medicine, recommends that a lunch should provide one-third of the daily intake of vitamins, minerals, and calories for kids.
Treats That Aren’t Tricky
Treats are a big thing in children’s lunches. They’re the hot ticket item that often gets traded. The good news is, treats don’t have to be bad. Dried fruit, popcorn, whole grain crackers, granola, and homemade muffins or cookies are all good choices. Pumpkin bread (see link) is an easy treat for kids.
Cubed cooked chicken skewer with grape tomatoes and cucumber wedges
Whole wheat tuna wrap with low-fat salad dressing, spinach, and sliced tomato
Whole wheat pita pizza with chicken, diced veggies (mushrooms, tomato, broccoli, and peppers–arranged to make a face) and cheese
Whole wheat salmon sandwich with sliced cucumber and alfalfa sprouts
Whole wheat quesadilla (cut into wedges) with extra-lean ground beef, corn, tomato, peppers, and cheese
These are just a few healthy school lunch choices. Take time to discover more options on your own, keeping in mind our suggestions for what to include in an easy, healthy lunch.