School is back in session! While you’re stressing about carpools and homework, make sure to take time to think about how you can add good nutrition to your kids’ lunches. The healthier the lunch, the more likely your kids will have energy throughout the day.
Tired of the usual PB & J? Here are some healthy lunch ideas that are both quick and easy.
Hummus and Veggie Wrap
Hummus is a great addition to a wrap or sandwich. It provides plant-based protein and an extra kick of flavor. Cucumber and bell peppers are in season now in the Pacific Northwest, so you can find them in abundance at local farmers markets. To make this delicious wrap, thinly slice cucumbers, bell peppers or another local vegetable and wrap it in a whole wheat wrap that’s spread with hummus.
Almond Butter and Apple Sandwich
There is no better time than fall to enjoy the local apple harvest. Apples are full of vitamins and fiber – and a great alternative to sugar-filled jam. Try spreading a layer of almond butter on a piece of whole wheat bread and top with thin slices of apple.
Avocado and Turkey Wrap
Avocados are an amazing source of healthy fats, and turkey is a good source of protein to keep your kids full. Try spreading half an avocado on a wrap, then add some thinly sliced turkey breast. To make sure there’s a source of vegetables as well, add sliced cucumber, bell peppers or tomatoes.
Leftovers from Dinner
This one is especially good for time-crunched parents. When planning your dinners for the week, plan to make a little extra of everything and package up the leftovers. It will cut down on your prep time significantly.
If you’re stumped for healthy lunch ideas, just try to keep two things in mind: vegetables and protein. Every time your child has a meal, it should include at least one serving of vegetables and a serving of protein to help give them energy needed to make it through the day.