Get your kids to help you so that healthy lunches are a family affair!

Get your kids to help you so that healthy lunches are a family affair! It starts by planning ahead and looking to include healthy foods from the five food groups. Add a dash of fun!

Here is a list of healthy, fun and creative lunch ideas for kids:

  • Get out the cookie cutters – no not for cookies, but for sandwiches. Kids love food in shapes. You can make a star-shaped sandwiches or even one shaped like a pumpkin. Surprise them with different shapes over the week.
  • Serve sliced ham, chicken, tuna or egg salad sandwiches. Some kids love mustard and mayo but some kids may just want a pickle with it. Go with what your child likes. Similarly, some kids don’t like peanut butter but will enjoy sunflower butter, cashew or almond butter as a spread.
  • Serve sliced meat rolled up into tubes and offer the bread separate (some kids just aren’t into sandwiches). Similarly, tuna salad can be offered with crackers. Remember, bread doesn’t have to be sliced bread; offer bagels or tortillas. Even just plain sticky rice or couscous can be a hit.
  • Toothpicks can add some fun too – kids love bite-sized food. So make a mini-sandwich and place a toothpick in it. You can get toothpicks with fun designs at party stores.
  • Other bite-sized food includes cucumber and avocado rolls (many grocery stores now have a section of Japanese food). Or make your own roll: Use Korean roasted seaweed (this has a nice sesame flavor to it) and sticky rice (these are simple versions of kimbap”. Just roll up the rice like into a mini-cylinder shape. Have your child help you make it the night before.
  • Tea sandwiches: These are bite-sized sandwiches. Although adult versions usually have spices and onions, you can make your child a cream cheese tea sandwich with very thin cucumber slices.
  • Use leftovers for school lunch. If your child ate the beef stew last night for dinner, serve it up for lunch. Either use a thermos after heating it up in the morning or just serve it cold (place an ice pack in the lunch box though to prevent food illness). Check out Easy Lunch Boxes Makes packing a lunch easy! Earth-friendly and safe no BPA, lead, vinyl, PVC or phthalates.
  • Have some fun and get creative with these tips from moms on how get started with bento lunch boxes for kids: Bento Lunch Ideas -Great for Kids!
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