August 05, 2019
The healthy lunches I used to pack my kids ended up tossed because my kids didn’t want to eat them… and none of their friends wanted to trade. At the lunch table, sweets and salty snacks command the highest value! Apples? Not so much.
I've developed a host of kid-friendly ideas to incorporate veggies into lunchboxes... veggies that will actually get eaten! And primarily by your own child. Win. Win!
Have you ever used a bento box? These cute kid lunchboxes are based on Japanese bento boxes. There’s a cube for every part of the meal! These are perfect for packing small portions of lots of different options.
1. First up? Transforming the sandwich.
My son Christian ate a plain turkey sandwich every single day of his school career. Bread. Turkey. Mayo.
I send a thermos in my daughter’s lunchbox every day. She likes pasta at lunchtime. It’s pretty easy to add veggies to the sauce and to the noodles, too.
These ideas are healthier than the junk food you find in so many lunchboxes! And they still are fun to eat, visually attractive and satisfying.
Dips and dippers are kid pleasing. The kids get to play with their food. And interacting with their veggies is a great way to get them desensitized to eating veggies.
The best dips for school lunches are:
And there is such a wide variety of dippers!
4. Try new sides!
I cannot imagine any of my kids eating a green salad for lunch. If yours does, my hat is off to you!!! There are other salad ideas, though, that will do the trick.
5. New main courses!
I’ve been experimenting with three new veggie-heavy main courses in the lunchbox:
And instead of a cookie, try out a pack of Farm&Oven bakery bites! Our Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed bakery bites have 2 servings of non-GMO zucchini and carrots. Depending on your kid’s age, this can be up to 100% of their daily veggies. Click here to order.
Who can say no to veggies that taste like cake? They’re sure to get eaten.
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