School Lunch Ideas


So you and your kids are all pretty tired of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but you have very little time in the mornings and with all your other responsibilities, you just don’t have the energy to think about school lunches. What you need is a little inspiration to turn dull lunches into fun for everyone.

A healthy lunch is necessary for your child because the brain consumes 20% of your calorie intake. Your kid’s attention span, focus and ability to reason will be vastly improved when their brains have enough fuel to fire on all cylinders. Avoid food high in sugar content and opt for foods with protein, carbohydrate and high fiber content.

CHICKEN AND FRUIT SANDWICH
This sandwich is healthy, contains everything your child needs in a nutritious lunch and its yummy too!

  • 1 cup roasted chicken breast cut into squares (skin removed)
  • 2 spinach leaves
  • 1/2 pink or white grapefruit
  • 1 Red Delicious apple
  • 1/2 cup seedless green grapes
  • Dash of poppy seed salad dressing

Directions
Chop up spinach leaves and place in bowl with the diced chicken. Scoop the grapefruit out of the skin and cut the apple into chunks. Toss in the grapes and salad dressing and mix. Spoon onto the bread of your choice to make a sandwich.

TURKEY MELON WRAPS
Substituting wraps for bread is one of the easiest ways to give your sandwiches some pizzazz. This turkey and melon wrap provides your student with the carbohydrates, fruit and protein they need to get them through the day.

  • 1/4 melon
  • 1 wrap
  • 2 tbsp. horseradish sauce
  • 6   large lettuce leaves
  • 12 ounces thinly sliced turkey breast

Directions
Cut melon into squares and use a spoon to scoop it out of the skin.
Lay wrap on the table and spread the horseradish sauce liberally over the top. Place lettuce, melon and turkey in the wrap and fold the bottom up, then roll the wrap. Cut the wrap in half so that it’s easier to handle.
A mix of protein, carbohydrates and fruit is a perfectly balanced meal that will give your students all the energy and nutrients they need to make it through the school day. If your students are reticent to eat fruit, try new varieties like watermelon, pineapple or litchi. You can also cut the fruit into fun shapes or animals to make it more interesting. For example, slice a piece of apple, and then use a cookie cutter to press out shapes, or a paring knife to create shapes of your own design. Splash the apple with lemon juice to prevent it from browning.

For more ideas you might check the article Great tips for making packed lunches healthy! on the Modern Parenting website.

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