It’s now the first week of school. Where did the summer go?! If you are like me and a parent of school-aged kids, you are now struggling to get back into the school routine and this includes packed lunches. Sometimes we just need some suggestions and creativity to find lunch solutions that keep our children engaged.One of the best things that happened this last year was my children’s school instituted a play first lunch, where the kids play outside and then eat their lunch. This has resulted in my daughter eating more of her lunch as she isn’t in such a rush to get outside and play. If you’re interested in this concept you can find more information here.
However, no matter how the lunch time is structured, your child is going to need something nutritious to eat to get them through the rest of the school day. Looking for ideas? For some more lunch ideas check out HealthLink BC. Overall, remember that variety is key. Rarely would anyone want to eat the exact same food day after day; your child is unlikely to want the same lunch every day. Aim for at least three out of the four food groups and don’t forget the ice pack. Here are a few ideas:
- Sandwich, wrap, roti or pita stuffed with meat, cheese, egg, tuna, peanut butter*, jam, vegetables and/or hummus.
- Chili, stew, perogies, soup, samosas, pasta salad
- Waffles, pancakes or muffins
- Cereal and milk
- Quiche, scrambled or hard-boiled eggs
- Crackers or tortilla and cheese
- Yogurt and granola
- Kebabs (meat, cheese, vegetable)
*Note: due to allergies, some schools do not allow peanut butter. Alternatives such as Wowbutter may be allowed.