It’s only the first week of school and many of us have already run out of ideas for a healthy lunch. It’s easy to send your kids (or yourself) out the door with processed, high-calorie, high-sodium and high-fat, pre-packaged foods. But with a little bit of preparation, you can make yummy to-go meals that will satisfy any fussy eater, even if the fussy eater is you!
Healthy Lunch Ideas
- Lean deli meat roll ups, banana, almonds. Roll your lean, low-sodium deli meat around veggies like sliced carrots or cucumber and slice them like sushi rolls to make them more fun to eat.
- Greek yogurt and Grape Nuts. Put a ¼ cup scoop of Grape Nuts cereal into a small plastic container, then at lunchtime add the Greek yogurt and stir. The crunchy cereal adds taste and texture to the yogurt. Add some berries for more flavor.
- Hard boiled egg with hummus, carrot, yellow pepper and zucchini spears. At lunchtime, peel your egg, dump the yolk and fill the middle with hummus. Use a little extra hummus as a dip for the sliced veggies.
Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids by Kids
Want more healthy kid-friendly recipes? Download a free copy of the winning recipes of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge . This contest was a collaborative effort between Epicurious.com, ChooseMyPlate and First Lady Michelle Obama. Kids submitted their own recipes and the winning kid-friendly foods were featured online and in the cookbook. The website also includes more tips for making kid-friendly meals.