I keep asking myself this same question lately- how do I build a healthy lunch box for my kiddos now that they are going back to school while limiting the pre-packaged, expensive (yet super convenient) foods that are so tempting to use? All moms want to pack a lunch that’s going to keep their children full, energized, and focused for the whole day but many of us don’t have the time or at least we don’t think we do.
More importantly, building a healthy lunch applies to all of us, regardless of age, gender, and diet preference. Plus, making your lunch at home can be very budget friendly as along as you plan ahead. So here’s a simple template that everyone can use- for yourself or for your kids just by adding ingredients that fit your needs.
Build a Healthy Lunchbox =
1 protein +
1-2 carbohydrates +
1 healthy fat +
1 vegetable +
water/herbal tea/100% juice
And here are a few examples:
- Proteins: cheese, beans, grilled chicken, eggs, peanut butter, milk
- Carbohydrates: whole grain breads, fruits, veggies, pasta rice
- Healthy fats: avocados, nuts, seeds, homemade salad dressings
So take this new school year to re-think your family’s lunches. And if you also want to be more environmentally friendly, head to Amazon to check out all the reusable lunch packing items that are on the market!
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