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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.
Leftover Picnic Lunch
*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.
Breakfast for Lunch
Cold Noodle Lunch
Better PB&J Lunch