It’s easy to get stuck in a rut or become overwhelmed when trying to live a healthy lifestyle, especially if you have picky eaters. I hope to save you a little stress and break it down super simple for you!
K, first – breathe. You are a professional and your success rate for feeding your kids is 100%. Yay!
Packing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be stressful, just keep it simple:
- main dish
- treat (optional)
A typical main dish for my kids would include: lunch meat (rolled up of course) with almond crackers, leftover dinner (spaghetti, taco meat & beans, soup, mac & “cheese”, etc.), GF sandwich, tuna & crackers, chicken tenders and turkey burgers are all favorites.
Any piece of fresh fruit, frozen berries, smoothie, fruit salad, or applesauce are great fruit options.
I know that veggies tend to be the least favorite for kids, so don’t stress too much. Stick with foods you know your child likes. Carrot sticks, cucumbers, olives, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, and if all else fails – throw some spinach in their smoothie.
Homemade treats are always great. GF muffins, cookies, oat bars, banana bread, granola bars, and nut butter balls always seem to be welcome.
Here are some great allergy friendly lunch ideas I found for little ones!
I highly recommend investing in proper lunch containers, a good quality thermos (for hot and cold), and a smoothie cup (look for a container that stays cold for up to 12 hours!). This will make your life a lot easier!
Try to prep as much as you can ahead of time. I try to do all of my grocery shopping on Saturdays so that I know I am starting the week off with a full fridge! After shopping, wash and cut your veggies as soon as you get home. This way you’re ready for the week and it’s easy to grab and go. Take time on Sunday to make a homemade goody like muffins or cookies if you can.
Try to get most the their lunches put together the night before, or at least have the hard parts done before hand to make for a smoother morning.
You also KNOW they are going to want a snack as soon as they get home, so be prepared and know what you’re going to feed them. Or pack extra food in their lunch box if you have errands to run after school. (I also may or may not have a stash of snacks in the glove compartment of my car).
And I would just like to say, for the love of all that is holy – DO NOT – I REPEAT – DO – NOT – have a fear of too much fruit! Fruit sugar IS NOT the same as “SUGAR”. Our bodies – specifically a child’s brain – NEEDS this kind of glucose to nourish and thrive! Think of it like filling up their gas tank. They are exhausting themselves every day at school, working so hard on learning, using all of their brain power. What is the BEST way to refuel them? FRUIT!!! Not to mention all of the beautiful healing properties and antioxidants!
If you’re really looking to step it up a notch or try something new, any of these recipes from the Medical Medium would be fantastic!
Bonus: Check out these great Adrenal healing snacks for Mom and Dad!
Good luck parents! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help!