It’s time to get back into the early morning routines. The school year is fast approaching and summer vacation is coming to an end. We all know getting the kids ready in the morning is crazy enough that preparing lunches falls to last priority. This leads to you rushing through meal preparation; making you more likely to pack unhealthy, processed lunches that are convenient rather than nutritious. Ditch the Cheetos and Oreos and replace with protein, grains, dairy, vegetables, and fruit. Preparing easy school lunches doesn’t have to be unhealthy. So follow this guide for your child’s first week of school and offer them healthy lunches that they will enjoy.
Mac and Cheese – Looking to spice up your child’s favorite meal while adding a whopping 25 grams of protein? Check out our recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese with all natural sweet apple chicken sausage. Serve with green beans and apple slices.
Peaches & Cream Baked Oatmeal – This deliciously sweet recipe is perfect for any midday treat. Check out the full recipe here. Serve with Horizon Organic Vanilla or Plain Yogurt with blueberries and pretzel chips with hummus (our favorite is Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.)
Tuna Salad & Crackers – Mix 1 can of tuna in water, minced celery & onion, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Top tuna salad on whole-wheat Ritz crackers or serve on the side for dipping. Serve with a fruit bowl (strawberries, grapes, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries) and 1 cup of edamame.
Creamy Cold Pasta Salads – You’re kids will learn to love leftovers if you know how to properly prepare them the next day. Prepare this meal the night before using any brand of whole-wheat penne noodles, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet peppers, salami, and light ranch dressing. Serve with Chobani Greek Yogurt and freshly sliced watermelon.
Cheese Quesadilla – Sprinkle cheese on 1 half of each tortilla and fold in half over the cheese to make a half-moon. Warm a skillet over low heat and add butter. Add tortilla to skillet, cook until lightly brown, turn the tortilla over and cook the other side until brown (usually 2 minutes per side.) Top with guacamole. Serve with Amy’s Organic Corn & Black Bean Salsa and avocado slices.
Show your kids how much you care about them by trying out these healthy school lunch ideas. Back to school lunch preparation can be hassle-free, especially when you’re using leftovers from the night before! Check out our recipes and all natural products for healthy ideas to serve for dinner and pack for lunch. Make sure to invest in some Tupperware to keep your food fresh and you’ll be set to start the school year.