My kids, like many other kids, are extremely picky. As we go into this school year, I’m challenged to pack lunches that are filling, healthy, and appealing to my children. When I was at the Conversations with Coca-Cola Mom Blogger conference, I got some great ideas for healthy lunches from Randy Harris of ChefAdvantage (on behalf of Minute Maid).
Randy recommends including the following components:
Protein – yogurt, meat, cheese for instance
Grains – Include whole grains (check fiber content on sandwich bread)
Vegetables – 1/4-1/2 cup
Fruit – 1/4-1/2 cup
Dairy – 1/2 cup
If you can, let your picky eaters choose the components of their meal within those guidelines.
I tried this with my kids, and found they were pretty willing to come up with ideas. They included stuff like oatmeal bread, ham, turkey, cheese, yogurt, cheese sticks, carrots, and strawberries. So, with the start of school yesterday, I’m moving forward with these ideas, and will see how long they are willing to eat these healthy lunches.
How do you pack healthy lunches for your kids?
Disclosure: My travel, meals, and accommodations were covered by Coca-Cola. All opinions are my own.