Packing a healthy lunch for your kid can be a challenge, especially on busy mornings. I am with you, parents! My kid’s schools this year all start 30 minutes earlier than last year, and mornings at my house feel crazy short.
My strategy for packing my son a healthy lunch is to do it the day before. Ideally, I can put leftovers from supper into his lunch bag. If we didn’t eat something lunch packable, I make his lunch for the morning after putting him to bed. This might sound like a no-brainer, but it really helps our mornings run more smoothly and gives me a little breathing room to come up with healthy lunch ideas.
Over at Eat Drink Better I shared five healthy lunch resources to help break out of the boring old PBJ rut, and they felt like they were worth sharing here, too!
Resources for Healthy Lunch Ideas
1. Fancy Sandwiches
Sandwiches are easy. I like easy. But easy doesn’t have to mean boring! Check out these meatless sandwiches to help you ditch the PB&J.
Our sister site Feelgood Style has an awesome Healthy Kids Pinterest board that’s packed with school lunch ideas.
3. Bento Tips
You don’t have to go super elaborate to pack a cute bento lunch. Check out these 5 tips to get you on the bento train.
4. Go DIY
Sometimes just sprucing up the lunchbox can help you get back into the creative school lunch mindset. Try some of these waste-free lunch tutorials and say goodbye to paper napkins, brown bags, and plastic baggies.
5. Consult a Cookbook
Jennifer McCann’s Vegan Lunch Box is packed with inspirational school lunch ideas. Even if your kids aren’t vegan, you can work her recipes into their lunchboxes!
What are your favorite places to find healthy lunch ideas? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments!
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