5 Easy Lunchbox Ideas that will keep your child Focused and Full of Energy
A Sandwich is Still a Sandwich
Beans and Rice for Lunch
Toss Some Tofu on a Bed of Greens
Rolled Oats are the New Rice Krispies
Oats can be a great addition to any lunchbox. They’re high in fiber and make a great energy-packed snack. But did you know that you can also use oats to make a rice crispies-like snack? This treat is perfect for packing into your child’s lunchbox. Use a rolling pin or apply some pressure with the palm of your hand to break down rolled oats into tiny pieces. Add peanut butter, chocolate chips, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, or any other ingredients. Mix up the flavor and ingredients of this oat-based snack and your child never gets tired of eating it!
Hummus Is a Pro at Keeping Your Child Full
Hummus is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. It’s also very easy to make your own at home with a few ingredients. Combine chickpeas with tahini, salt, lemon juice, and garlic. You can also throw in some fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro or spices like paprika, turmeric, or cumin. Add some extra protein with some black beans or edamame beans. Hummus is great as a sandwich spread, mixed with vegetables, or even used as a salad dressing. It’s also perfect for dipping crackers or pretzels! Hummus is a great way to keep your child full for hours and ready for whatever comes their way after school!
Bento boxes are a great go-to for a healthy and wholesome lunch idea. And you can change your Bento choices to make sure that allergy-free and kid-approved. Start with some whole-grain ingredients like rice or crackers. Mix in colorful fruit and berries. Add in some raw veggies, avocado, or some leftover cooked veggies from last night’s dinner. Put a little protein in too. Here are some fantastic bento ideas from Eat This, Not That!
Mashed Potatoes for Lunch
Mashed potatoes are a classic lunchbox dish. They’re easy to make and perfect comfort food. You can change your mashed potato recipe and make it more nutritious. Start with a simple white potato mash without any added butter or cream. Then add in some steamed kale or other greens and some beans or other legumes. You can also add in some nutritional yeast, garlic, or herbs and spices to add flavor. Mashed potatoes are a perfect lunchbox dish because they’re easy to transport and easy to reheat. And they’re easy to change to make sure they’re as healthy as possible!
Back-to-school time means preparing to deal with picky eaters. Plus finding new ways to keep kids full and focused. It can be challenging to come up with healthy and wholesome lunchbox recipes. Especially ones that are also quick and easy to prepare. Remember that simple ingredients build nutritious and energy-packed lunches your kids will love!