Lunch is usually the quick meal of the day, squished between everything that needs to be accomplished. However, it should be just as healthy and well-rounded as breakfast and dinner. Skip the peanut butter and jelly and bologna sandwiches –they’re just not fun! Get your kids interested and involved in creating and eating a healthy lunch with these creative ideas.
Grilled Chicken Roll-Up
Lay baked chicken pieces, lettuce, mozzarella cheese, and diced tomatoes onto a wheat tortilla and wrap it up tightly. Slice the wrapped tortilla into portions that can easily be picked up with kid-sized fingers. You can give your little one some salad dressing to dip the wrap into for extra flavor. Also, if you have finicky eaters, you can substitute the tomatoes for cucumbers or the wheat tortilla for white tortillas, but discuss how the wrap covers all four food groups with your child as look for healthy substitutes.
BLT and Cheese
A bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese will do the same thing. We’re covering all four food groups and creating a sandwich that is easy and fun for the kids to enjoy. American cheese tastes great, but trying Swiss or provolone cheese will give it a new twist. Toasting the bread and cutting the sandwich from corner to corner, into triangles, makes the sandwich even more fun.
A New Type of Burger
Get some lean meat and make hamburgers. Top them with a wheat bun, your child’s choice of cheese (Colby cheese is quite yummy on this hamburger), and a slice of lettuce and tomato. You can cut the Again, you have covered the four food groups and the meal is fast, fun, and colorful.
Add some applesauce for a healthy side dish or some small pieces of broccoli and cauliflower to dip into ranch dressing. Any fruits are awesome choices for side dishes as well; try pieces of watermelon or cantaloupe or strawberries dipped in yogurt.
This is just the beginning of the simple, healthy, and fun lunch ideas that will get your kids eating. Involving your children in making the lunch and talking about the four food groups will inspire healthy eating habits for a lifetime.