The end of summer is just around the corner, or for some of you is already gone. One of the things I had a hard time with last year was packing lunches for my kids. I wanted healthy options but also something that they would enjoy. It was a struggle everyday coming up with new ideas because we all know eating the same thing day after day is no fun!!
My solution was to come up with a menu each week. I took the time to look up different ideas and prep the night before if that was necessary. This helped keep my mornings a little less chaotic because I had a plan in place.
Here is a list of ideas that I complied that will hopefully help you out for the upcoming school year.
Start with a grain or protein item:
-Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread
– Hummus and crackers
– Spinach and cheese quesadilla
– Ham and cheese with a pretzel pinwheel
Add a fruit item:
-Apples – Pineapples
-Clementines – Olives
-Peaches – Grapes
-Watermelon – Any type of berries (strawberries, blueberries, etc)
– Kiwi – Applesauce
– Pears – Cherry tomatoes
Then some vegetables:
– Carrots – Edamame
– Broccoli – Snap peas
– Salad – Cauliflower
– Cucumbers – Corn
– Snow peas – Mini bell peppers
And a small treat or snack:
– Z bar – Whole-wheat cheese crackers
– Fruit leather – Mini whole-wheat banana bread or any other bread/muffin
– String cheese – Smart popcorn
– Yogurt – Granola bar
– Veggie chips/sticks – Kale chips
Obviously there are more options out there but hopefully this list will get the creative wheel turning. Making a menu/list for the week was a lifesaver for me. It cut down my kitchen time and allowed me to relax a little bit more during those crazy mornings. Like I said before, this also works well with prepping the night before. It’s all about your preference and what works best for you.