School Lunch Ideas

Now that school has been in session a couple of months you might be looking for a few new school lunch ideas.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always an easy and nutritious choice to put into a lunch box and using seasonal fruits and vegetables is an easy way to teach your child about seasonal growing. When you don’t have fresh produce to use you can turn to dried or packaged fruits and vegetables. Remember, variety is important so try to change the selection on a regular basis.

Lunch Box
Lunch Box

Lean meats, cheeses, nuts, yogurts and peanut butter provide an excellent protein source for the lunch box. Hummus and hard boiled eggs are also easy, nutritious foods high in protein that children usually enjoy.

If introduced at an early age, whole grain breads and crackers are usually accepted by children of all ages and are always a healthier choice than the alternative. So many new products are on the market today that include whole grains. You might consider using whole grain flour tortillas to make wraps on occasion to bring variety to the lunch box.

Healthy beverage ideas for the lunch box always include low fat or skim milk, water and 100% fruit juices. High sugar drinks should be avoided except for special treats whenever possible.

Beth Marrs

I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Adult Home Economics Education. I love to cook and entertain and spend time with my family.

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