Packing a successful lunch takes practice and planning. It’s
somewhat of an art to get your children (and maybe your spouse) to eat lunch
and snacks that are tasty but good-for-them too. Lunches
often lack balance and variety, especially if you have a picky eater on your
You can easily get into a habit of packing the
same foods over and over.To keep boredom at bay adapt children’s
taste buds and introduce foods in a new way. As you become a
smarter brown bagger, here are some tips to avoid common lunchbox mistakes and
look for opportunities to improve.
- Pump up the
protein. Too often we don’t pack enough protein into our lunches. Protein has staying
power, and helps keep us feeling full. It’s also important for growth and development
of young bodies. Squeeze in protein with beans, hummus, Greek yogurt, peanut
butter, meat or casserole leftovers, lean deli meats, and cheese.
- Plan for
in snacks to bridge the gap between meals keeps tummies
full and energy levels up. Pack healthy snacks in your bag to keep you from making
a trip to the vending machine when hunger strikes.
- Choose a new
crunch. Instead of chips, chomp on whole
grain cereal, nuts, or crunchy fruits and vegetables.
These simple swaps will give you more bang for your nutrition buck.
- Pack the
night before. Let’s face it, most mornings we are running
around trying to get out the door. Adding packing lunches into the mix can create
excess chaos, and often the lunch may end up lacking something. Take a few
minutes before bed to prepare for the next day. Save time by storing leftovers
in to-go containers while cleaning up from dinner.
wise choices. Instead of soft
drinks , choose water, low fat milk, or 100% fruit juice for hydration. Look
for opportunities to sneak in more whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole
grain cereals, nuts, and dairy.. Grabbing a piece of fruit on the go is uber
How are you avoiding these
lunchbox pitfalls? Drop us a line and let us know what works for you.