Different Lunch Foods For School
When you think about packed school lunches, Nutella & jam, or ham and cheese sandwiches come to mind. While sandwiches certainly make for a nice school lunch, they are not your only option. Mix it up by fixing something different for your kids this school year.
As more and more children are becoming gluten intolerant and wheat sensitive, other lunch alternatives need to be considered and made.
Make It A Wrap
However, for those who can tolerate wheat, a change from sliced bread is a wrap. It is a quick and easy alternative. Grab some soft tortillas and fix your child’s favorite sandwich as a wrap. Wraps are also great for adding lots of lettuce and extra veggies. Hummus and cucumbers make a delicious vegetarian lunch option.
When you’re done adding your toppings, roll it up like a burrito and if desired, cut it in half. The wrap is good as is, or you can pack a small serving of salad dressing to dip. Ranch is always a favorite around here. Just make sure you pack it in a small, airtight container so your child doesn’t end up with ranch all over her lunch box (ask me know I know).
Pita Pocket Pleasures
Your children might enjoy this pocket sandwich too. Some children find it easier to hold while they are eating. Similar to a wrap in that you can tuck in the ends, the half pita is only open along one edge. So stuff if with the ingredients your child enjoys.
It is more difficult to spread the Nutella and jam in, however, throw in some thinly sliced meats, lettuce, and sprouts. Oh, and don’t forget the cheese!
Who Doesn’t Love Snack Food And Lunchables?
I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love lunchables. But have you looked at the price of those found at the grocery store lately? Plus I’m not the biggest fan of the food options that manufacturers offer. Highly processed food items are contained in them and that is not real food.
Why not make your own version instead with fresh ingredients and food you know your child will eat. Real food.
Start with some sandwich meat such as left over baked chicken, roast beef, or luncheon meats. Add some cheese cut into bite-sized pieces. Add some fresh raw veggies like sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots. Throw in some fresh or dried fruit and you have a delicious, healthy, homemade version. Real food! And Wheat Free too!
Of course you can turn any of your child’s favourite snack foods including:
- trail mix,
- and veggies
- and the likes into lunch.
Grab a container with lots of little dividers (bento boxes are perfect) and fill them up with kid-friendly favorites. You can even make your own dividers in a bigger container by using things such as muffin liners for individual food items.
Healthy Salads For Lunch
Salads are another great lunch option, particularly for older children. Get a container with a tight fitting lid and add all your child’s favourite salad ingredients minus the dressing in there.
- a bed of lettuce greens,
- add raw veggies,
- croutons, (or not if wheat sensitive)
- bacon bits,
- and the likes.
Top it with a source of protein like cheese, hard-boiled egg, ham or turkey, or even some grilled chicken.
Pack dressing in a separate container along with a fork and napkin and lunch is done. You can assemble the salad the night before and store it in the fridge. The key is to make sure all your ingredients are very dry. If you’re washing your lettuce, use a salad spinner, or dry it on some paper towels before starting to pack it. Cutting everything into small bite-sized pieces will ensure that the lunch time salad is easy to eat.
Sandwiches Are Not The Only Lunch Food
As you can see from the above examples, you have other options to provide your children this coming school year. Change up their lunches and see how much more they enjoy their lunches. Provide some sweet, some salty, some color and a variety of textures. Even the picky eaters are going to find something to eat.
By providing new food choices, you can have your children eating healthier real foods and less processed items. That alone will help your children in their learning this coming school year as their nutrition levels increase.