Let’s talk about How to Pack Healthy Lunches for Kids quickly. Packing lunches is usually something we rush through to check off our to do list in the mornings before the kids leave. Sometimes we realize halfway through packing our lunch that we’re out of bread or juice boxes, and end up throwing together whatever we can find in the fridge as a replacement.
I try to keep a well stocked fridge and pantry to help make packing a healthy and delicious lunch for my kids a breeze. In this post, I’m going to walk you through the process of packing a healthy lunches for kids that they will love!
How to Pack Healthy Lunches for Kids
Step 1: The Main Event
You all know what I’m talking about. The sandwich, the wrap, the centerfold of the lunchbox! This is the main event of your child’s lunch. What you decide to put in your kid’s lunch from this category could determine whether they are hungry throughout the day or full. By this point, you probably have a good idea as to what your kids like. So this part is usually the easiest! For some ideas check out this list for some tasty, but healthy, ideas:
- Turkey Sandwich
- Peanut Butter Sandwich
- Cheese Quesadilla
- Rice and Beans
- Homemade Lunchable
- Chicken and Rice
Step 2: Fruit
The key to a well balanced lunch is to make sure all of the food groups are present. Believe it or not, most people forget the fruit! After you’ve chosen something for your main event, don’t forget to throw in some fruit! Here are some delicious and healthy ideas:
- Apples (we cover in lime juice to prevent slices from browning)
- Homemade Applesauce
Step 3: Vegetable
You don’t want to get too veggie crazy in your kid’s lunch or they may not eat it. So if you choose something vegetable based as your main event, try not to go nuts in this category. It’s time to add some veggies to your kids lunch! Here are some delicious and healthy ideas:
- Snap Peas (my kids love these!)
Step 4: Snack
Your lunch is starting to come together! Now it’s time to finish off your food with a delicious and healthy snack! Here are a few of my favorite healthy snacks to choose from:
- Fruit Leather
- String Cheese
- Homemade Granola Bar
Step 5: Drink
Now that you’ve put together your lunch, it’s time to add the final touch! When putting together a healthy lunch, stick to water as your drink of choice. You can buy small water bottles to put in their lunch, or pack a refillable one to take with them. This will help make sure they stay hydrated throughout the day, and keep them healthy!
Putting together a healthy lunch your kids will love is easy! Just follow these steps to help you plan your kid’s lunches and you’ll be packing healthy lunches in no time!