Now that school is back in session, I thought I would share my system for
healthy lunches that kids will actually eat!
school age kids are now 11 and 14, so they help a lot, but this system can work
well with little kids too...they just might need a bit more
Kids ALWAYS eat better (less whining and complaining
too!) when they have ownership over their food. Last year I started this system
when my son would come home w/ everything in his lunch sack except the granola
bar. That was NOT a successful lunch in my book. Something had to change. First
I sat down with him and talked about what "categories" should be in a good lunch
(protein, whole grain, fruit/veggie, etc). Then we came up with lists of ideas
so he would never get stuck in a rut.
inside of our cupboard I have the lists. Here are some
Whole grain-crackers, bread, cereal,
pasta, tortilla, rice cake
Protein-nuts, peanut butter, lunch meat,
cheese, yogurt, hard boiled egg, beans
Fruit/veggie-carrots, raisins, dried fruit,
fresh fruit (apple, orange, etc), yogurt, bell peppers,
tomatoes, cut up melon
When we pack lunches the kids just
look at the lists, pick what they want and pop it in the their
My middle son has a huge sweet tooth, so
on Friday, as a reward to making his lunch ALL week, he gets to pick a dessert.
Either a candy, granola bar, cookie. This "treat" keeps him happy and makes he
more agreeable to packing his lunch the rest of the week.