If your children are anything like mine they are tired of getting the same lunch everyday. My son decided that now after 5 years of school he does not like turkey. He only wants me to pack him salami. I buy the Applegate Farms salami in the package every week and he will eat through it by thursday. I need to find something else to give him because I know all that pork is not good for him. My daughter says she doesn’t like sandwiches. I have been trying to come up with ideas to give her something with enough protein. They ask me why they can’t have a lunch like all the other kids so I tell them that I don’t think like the other kids moms. ( It would have to be a cold day in hell before I send my kids to school with wonder bread and bologna) I have been searching around for ideas of different healthy lunches and found these ideas. Maybe some of them will work for you too. Most of these are add ins but you get the idea.
Wraps made with whole wheat tortillas, containing either lean cold cuts Even the classic PB and J (peanut butter & jelly) is healthier in a wheat wrap.
Single portion-sized cups of unsweetened apple sauce or fruit without added sugar.
Trail mix made with cereals, nuts, pretzels, dried fruit or raisins
Individual serving-sized packages of low fat yogurt, cottage cheese, or yogurt smoothies.
Baby carrots, celery sticks, or apple slices with dips made from yogurt or low fat sour cream.
Mini-burritos made with rice and black beans or refried beans in a tortilla with tomato salsa. These can be heated or eaten cold.
Baked chips or pretzels are a better choice than high-fat potato chips or cheese snacks.
Drinks made from water with a splash of cranberry, peach, grape, or other fruit juice are healthier than sodas. (seriously, who sends their child to school with soda, I would have to be brain dead to do that)
Whole grain bagels topped with cream cheese-vegetable spread.
Low fat cheese cubes and seedless grapes
Cold strips of grilled chicken with honey mustard dip.
Dried cranberries or cherries are a sweet alternative for kids bored with raisins.
Rolled up natural lunchmeat
Let us know what your children like in their lunches. We are all up for ideas.