Packing kids’ lunches shouldn’t be tedious or time consuming and it most certainly shouldn’t be considered a nuisance or chore. As parents, we made a commitment that we would, at all costs, secure and protect our children, especially when it comes to their health and well-being, which is priceless. Some kids are in school, with many in before and after-care programs from 6AM to 6PM, that can be a total of 12 hours per day, 5 days a week and unless your school programs offer healthy, whole, well rounded snacks and lunches then your child will need you to have their back, for the duration of the day with nutrient dense foods that will fuel their body and brain.
It has become so routine that I only have to think of a few things before packing my kids lunches such as; do I have all my food staples, a couple of items from each of the 4 food groups noted in Canada’s Food Guide? Canada Food Guide and by a couple of items I don’t mean Ritz Crackers in place of a grain product, which a school in Manitoba served up as part of a balanced meal plan.
So here are some tips on packing easy, smart, healthy kids school snacks and lunches that they’ll eat!
Save Money and Pack Smart
- The food industry has done a good job with convenience and kid-friendly looking foods, but is it healthy for you? Avoid pre-packaged, processed foods for your kids’ lunches. They’re expensive and loaded with fat, sodium and preservatives.
- Think outside the lunchbox. Did your kids love last night’s roasted chicken and vegetables? Pack some in a thermos to eat the next day. Pack leftover meatballs into a whole-grain pita pocket for a lunchtime sandwich. Mix leftover rice and vegetables and top with chunks of tuna or chicken.
- There’s no rule that lunch has to include a sandwich, chips and a cookie. Try a tasting plate of chicken chunks or deli turkey roll-ups with a handful of grapes, and carrots with a small container of low-fat dressing. Finger foods are usually a hit with kids.
- Be safe. Pack lunches properly to ensure food safety and freshness. Invest in a reusable ice-pack, a thermos to hold warm foods and a variety of different sized containers. Include a cloth napkin and reusable utensils to cut down on waste. Remind your child to always wash her hands before she eats.
Don’t forget to include something from each food group and be creative. Please see the Canada Food Guide for further information on all four food groups and come to our workshop on How to Pack Snacks & Lunches for a Healthy 2014 on Saturday January 18th 2014 from 10AM to 11:30AM.
RSVP Required as limited spots available.
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