Back to school mode is in full swing, and more likely than not, there are a few parents that are standing in their kitchen thinking about the 180 school lunches that they will make their child this year. While school lunch programs are moving towards healthier choices, many parents and kids still prefer the DIY lunch from home.
Not only is lunch an important mental break for your child, but a healthy lunch will help to fuel their brains and allow them to stay sharp and focused during the remainder of the day. Since no parent wants to have a lunch box returned untouched, I’ve come up with some ideas for your most difficult lunchtime scenarios.
The Peanut-Free School: More and more schools are finding the need to eliminate peanuts and other tree nuts in order to avoid reactions in children with severe allergies. Hummus can be a hearty, healthy, kid-friendly alternative when peanut butter isn’t allowed. Pair a small container of hummus with pita wedges, sliced cucumbers, and carrot sticks, or chop up some lettuce, tomato and other veggies to fill a pita.
Tired of the Same Sandwich: No child wants to open their lunch and see two pieces of bread staring back at you day after day. Take a break from the standard sandwich, and swap it for a sandwich kabob. Start by skewering some cubes of bread; add pieces lettuce, a cherry tomato, two small pieces of turkey or chicken, a cube of cheese, and finish with another piece of bread. Two kabobs with a side of fruit and milk will be a filling, complete meal.