New school year, new lunch menu! It’s time to shake things up and try something new! Here are a few tips to help keep lunches nutritional and interesting!
Involve Your Kids
Letting your child choose the foods they like will increase the chance of them eating the foods you send.
Switch up Bread Options
Switch up bread options. Try using whole grain wraps, pitas, small bagels, English muffins, buns or a different type of bread.
Add Excitement to Vegetables and Fruit
Send fruit such as bananas, pineapple or apples with a yogurt dip, or vegetables like carrots, cucumbers or celery with hummus dip. Keep in mind: kids are more likely to eat vegetables and fruit that are already cut up!
Offer a Variety of Meat and Meat Alternatives
Use leftover meat from supper or make a homemade egg salad mixture for sandwiches.
Include Milk and Milk Alternatives
Have a carton or container of milk with lunch. Add cheese to your child’s sandwich or some yogurt to round out the meal. Aiming to include a food choice from each of the four food groups makes for a balanced and healthy meal.
- Vegetables and Fruit
- Grain Products
- Milk and Alternatives
- Meat and Alternatives