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Lunch Boxes Made Easy

 

Do you toil over making reasonably healthy, varied lunches that won't make your kids die of embarrassment (yes, that's a thing) and that won't come home in a squished, uneaten wad? Here's how to make it easier. Just select four items.

1. Main course 

2. Fresh fruit or vegetable

3. Snack or dessert

4. Bonus snack or produce item 

When you work within this framework—keeping in mind your kids' tastes and substitutions for any food allergies—it's fairly easy to pull together a tasty lunch five days a week. 

To keep it healthy and filling, I follow two rules:

1. At least one item should contain protein.

2. Only one can contain added sugar.

Here are a week's worth of sample menus to get you started.

Monday

Leftover Picnic Lunch

  • Grilled chicken leg, made the night before
  • Cut corn, either from the cob or frozen
  • Watermelon slices
  • Bad of Kettle Brand 1 Sea Salt Potato Chips
  • Horizon 2 Organic Lowfat Milk box*

*A box of milk is a healthy calcium addition to a lunchbox any day of the week. Horizon offers a number of flavors. Need a dairy-free option? Silk offers soy and almond milk in single boxes, each loaded with plenty of calcium.

Tuesday

Pizza Lunch

  • Tortilla pizza: Whole-wheat flour (or corn) tortilla with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese and peppercorn
  • Mini carrots with Newman's Own 3Ranch dressing
  • Fruit skewers: kiwi, strawberry and banana pieces on tooth picks
  • Clif Kid 4 Chocolate Chip Organic ZBar

Wednesday 

Breakfast for Lunch

  • Van's 5 Gluten Free Totally Original Waffle, with rolled sliced ham (try Applegate 6 Natural & Organic Meats)
  • A hard-boiled egg
  • Mixed berries: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
  • Kind 7 Healthy Grains Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters granola

Thursday 

Cold Noodle Lunch

  • Cooked pasta (fusilli or shells are fun) with small pieces of nitrate-free salami (try Tyson Gallo Salame 8), cut green beans, sliced cherry tomatoes and pesto
  • Horizon 9 Organic Mozzarella String Cheese Sticks
  • Annie's 10 Friends Bunny Grahams crackers

Friday 

Better PB&J Lunch

 

Links:
  1. http://www.kettlebrand.com/
  2. https://www.horizondairy.com/products/milk/lowfat- plain-milk-box
  3. http://www.newmansown.com/foods/ranch-dressing/
  4. http://www.clifbar.com/products/clif-kid/zbar/z-ch ocolate-chip
  5. http://www.vansfoods.com/
  6. http://www.applegate.com/
  7. http://www.kindsnacks.com/
  8. http://www.tysonfoods.com/
  9. https://www.horizondairy.com/products/cheese/mozza rella-cheese-sticks
  10. http://www.annies.com/products/snacks/bunny-graham -friends
  11. http://www.daveskillerbread.com/
  12. http://udisglutenfree.com/
  13. http://www.cascadianfarm.com/products/fruit-spread s
  14. http://popchips.com/