Give your child a healthy start at school with these lunch ideas from Lisa Suriano of Veggiecation®!
This is a guest post from Lisa Suriano, founder of Veggiecation, a premier school foodservice consulting company for independent schools.
Whether you have six kids or one, it’s a challenge to create five meals a week that are not only exciting to eat but also maintain their flavor for the three to four hours between breakfast and lunch.
Some tips on how to create the perfect lunch for your child are to:
Check out this amazing Miso Basil Pesto that’s packed with nutrients. Serve over a hearty whole wheat pasta and with chopped broccoli for a healthy, balanced lunch.
Salads can be tricky to eat and might seem boring next to the chicken fingers being served on the lunch line. Jazz up a simple salad with rice paper wraps and use an easy-to-make dressing, like this one!
Kids go crazy for this sweet and savory salsa. Serve over brown rice and make sure to let some of that juice drip onto the rice!
Mayonnaise. As much as some love a little mayo, it’s packed with unhealthy fats and sodium.
Use hummus or pesto instead of mayo. Both spread easily and keep bread moist, like mayo, but while providing brain powering nutrients, too. Swap the mayo in tuna salad for some balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil—this will make it lighter, cleaner-tasting, and healthier!
Cookies. Processed sugars and flours are never the way to go if you’re trying to promote whole, healthy foods in your household.
Instead, try this homemade sweet treat: combine two parts pitted date and one part pecan (walnuts and cashews also work) in a blender or food processor until the texture is similar to that of Play-doh. Mold into small balls with your hands. Add dark chocolate chips for extra flavor. The natural fibers, minerals, and nutrients in this recipe will keep your little one energized throughout the day—without the sugar crash!
Chips. High in sodium and calories, chips are not only bad for your health but they’re also addictive. Substitute some homemade popcorn with salt, garlic powder, and maybe some nutritional yeast for a cheese-like flavor.
Rice crackers are low-calorie and also provide a salty crunch. As always, check ingredients and the nutritional information before purchasing any product.
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