Fall signals the beginning of school, early mornings, packed lunches and hungry tummies away from home.
Here is a simple guide to help pack nutritious, power boosting lunches to keep your child satisfied until pick-up time.
When preparing school lunches think about all the essentials to boost energy and brain power throughout the day. This means protein, healthy fats, veggies and natural sugars from fruits and honey.
We use nuts, nut butters, cheese, seeds, sliced chicken and turkey, hummus, hard-boiled eggs and beans for protein.
Here are some ideas:
A note about bread: Sandwiches make a filling addition to a child’s lunch and are simple to prepare. Read ingredients before purchasing bread. Most breads have added sugars and additives that will slow down your child as the day progresses. Purchasing an organic sprouted bread with no added sugar will help fuel your child.
SECOND: Healthy Fats
Lots of nuts like cashews, pistachios, pecans are our favorites. Hiding seeds high in omega 3’s such as chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds will help boost your child’s brain power after lunch.
Here are some ideas:
THIRD: Healthy Sugars
These will come from fruits and veggies.
FOURTH: A Fun Dessert or snack
They have worked hard all day and most likely deserve a treat to make their lunch extra special.
FIFTH: A Drink
Water! Water! And more WATER!
That’s all we give to drink. No fruit juices or sports drinks necessary. Every day we pack a water bottle. If they are going on a field trip, or have a field day, where I know they are physically active outdoors then I do pack a juice for them. Only on these ‘special’ days.
The lunchboxes pictured here are Bentgo Kids Children's Lunchboxes. Bought them on Amazon several years ago. They are long-lasting and durable. Each child has their own color lunch bin. Potion sizes are good for lunch and we pack snacks on the side.
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