When it comes to kids and their lunches, bringing from home is your best option. School lunch is often packed with hidden calories from butter, cornstarch, sugar and other ingredients. Packing a healthy lunch for your kids means you get to control what they’re putting in their bodies and that is something you can feel good about. Not sure what to make? Follow our guidelines for How to Pack a Healthy Lunch for Kids:
Wheat + Meat + Treat
Step 1: Pick your wheat!
- low cal whole wheat bread, pita, or wrap, lite english muffin, rice, pasta, whole wheat crackers, rice cakes, lite hamburger or hotdog bun
Step 2: Pick your meat!
- turkey, ham, roast beef, grilled chicken, hard-boiled egg or egg whites, tuna salad (with fat-free mayo), egg salad (with fat-free mayo), yogurt, cottage cheese, hamburger, 94% fat-free hot dog
Step 3: Pick your treat!
- part-skim string cheese, baby bell cheese, laughing cow cheese wedges, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, cookies, chips, 100 calorie packs, yogurt, hummus, guacamole, 90 calorie fiber one bar or brownie
Step 4: Add free fuel!
- fresh fruit, fresh veggies, salsa, sugar-free jello, fat-free cheese, zero calorie beverages
Step 5: Hydrate with water!