10 EASY, HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS
Packing healthy school lunches is always a daunting task. As parents, it can be tough to balance our kids’ preferences with our own knowledge of nutrition. We often end up prioritizing what we think they’ll actually eat over what’s truly good for them, which doesn’t feel awesome. This year, however, I’m upping my game by creating easy, healthy bento boxes that I can pack with the confidence that James will devour them.
Bento box lunches are perfect for kids because they provide variety, which means there’s always something they’ll eat. Those small compartments are also the perfect size for those leftover bites of dinner and half-portions of uneaten breakfast. Repurposing them for lunch means less work for me, and less food waste in our home – a double win!
If you don’t have a bento, you can make using a Tupperware and muffin liners, or buy one readymade. I like the ones from Bentgo (leak-proof if you want to add dip for veggies), U Konserve, and Lunchbots.
What To Pack:
Let’s be clear about something: I am not that mom who makes school lunches so artful that they could hang in a museum. While he’s a generally great eater, James still has a 4-year-old’s fickle palate. It would kill me to see the fruits of my labors mashed into the bottom of his bento, uneaten.
Also, hat’s off to parents who pack something different for their kids every day.I am not as organized or creative as they are! I tend to buy lunch ingredients for the week, then make the same thing every day so I don’t have to think about it. James still tells me he has the yummiest “growing food” in his class, so I don’t think he minds!
That said, I felt like I needed some extra inspiration as we approached the school year, so I scoured the blogosphere and found these 10 Easy, Healthy School Lunch Ideas:
Prep That Lunch
If your mornings are anything like ours, making school lunches can often feel like an afterthought. That’s why I love this make-ahead chicken-hummus bento from Project Meal Plan. You can make it the night – or even a few days before – to create a little space for yourself in the AM.
Mix It Up
A lot of the “week of school lunch ideas” posts I came across required a ton of ingredients. But Camille of My Mommy Style has mastered the art of mixing up a few key ingredients so they feel fresh every day. If you have a child who gets bored easily, then this one’s for you!