Getting your kids to eat healthy isn’t always easy. But if you put yourself in your kid’s shoes and add enough variety to their lunch, you’re sure to see an empty lunchbox by the end of the day. There are plenty of ways to pack healthy lunches to keep them interested in healthy eating.
Make their lunch colorful. The first key is color. People tend to eat with their eyes first. Think about how you would like your lunch to look when you open it up. Apple slices and carrot sticks can add some fun color to your packed lunch.
Get creative. Getting your kid to eat fruits and vegetables can be challenge. But fruits and veggies don’t have to be boring. Get creative with toothpicks and cookie cutters and make their healthy snacks look like their favorite shapes or animals. Make them wonder what will be in their lunch tomorrow.
Something that I always loved as a child was “ants on a log.” It’s just celery, peanut butter and raisins. It’s sweet, protein-rich and gives them a little something extra to crunch on. Plus, the name is so fun that they won’t even notice how healthy it is for them.
Remember how they eat at home. A lot of parents make the mistake of thinking that if it’s packed it will get eaten. Always think about how they eat at home. If they tend to pick off their crusts or they prefer milk to juice, remember this while packing. If they don’t eat it at home, they won’t eat it at school and it will just lead to more wasted food and energy.
Bring balance and variety to the lunchbox. When packing, think about the balance in their diet. Keep it fun and colorful, but don’t forget the protein. Trail mix packs are a great way to sneak the protein in. Second Nature’s Wholesome Medley gives them a sweet and salty mix that’s packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients. The little pieces of dark chocolate in every package will make them think that they’re having a little treat too.
Instead of a traditional sandwich, try to mix it up with a variety of dishes. If they loved the dinner you made the night before, send it to school with them instead of their peanut butter and jelly. You can also try a veggie wrap with cream cheese or some soft shell tacos to spice it up.
No matter what you choose, your kid will love it because it comes from you. As a parent, it’s easy to give into the junk food and processed products that say “just for kids” on the label. But there are so many ways to keep meals fun without sacrificing nutritional value. Keep it simple, healthy and creative and your kid is sure to be smiling at home and in the cafeteria.