The end of the school year means many things.
Long summer days.
Sun and sweat from the pool and beach.
And lots and lots of lunches at home.
So in an attempt to make your life a little easier when it comes to feeding your kids, I have a few ideas! I’d like to share these meal posts from time to time, because it’s so easy to get in food ruts and rely on the same old meals that you know your kids will eat. (Or is that just me?! ;)) I’m also working on a whole page dedicated to feeding kids, where all of my favorite resources, recipes, and ideas for meals and snacks will live. If you have any specific requests, be sure to let me know.
On to the lunches!
As I mention in the 5 healthy breakfasts for kids post, my approach to building a balanced meals for kids (and adults, too) is to include:
- grain/starch (preferably whole-grain)
- fruit (at many meals but not all)
- milk (if requested)
turkey pinwheel (Spread tortilla with a layer of cream cheese and pesto and top with a slice of turkey. Roll up and slice.) + carrots + blueberries (FYI: baby carrots can be a choking hazard so be careful with new eaters!)
pb & j sushi (Remove crusts from slice of bread, flatten with rolling pin and spread peanut butter and jelly on bread. Roll up and slice. Sprinkle of chia seeds is optional!) + peas (straight from the freezer or lightly thawed) + melon
snack plate: deli turkey + cheese cubes + crackers + grape or cherry tomatoes + kiwi
cheese quesadilla + avocado slices + black beans
egg salad + pita chips or crackers + red pepper strips + apricot
What are the favorite lunches at your house?