Thinking of what to make for school lunches can be tough when you are a busy parent. While some families opt for school lunches, many decide to make lunches before school at home. There are some great ways to create easy, healthy lunches for your kids that they will love. Remember always to send a balanced meal with a side of fruit, yogurt or cheese and some fresh veggies. Keep in mind that many of these suggestions can be made the night before to alleviate being rushed in the morning.
Wrap it up
Wraps can really help to speed up your morning lunch making. Opt for whole wheat wraps which are healthier. Fill wraps with tuna, sprouts and mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato or go for a BLT with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. You can substitute tofu for the bacon if you need a vegetarian option.
Try ground beef or soy with salsa, lettuce, black beans and avocado in a wrap.
Roast veggies like beets, potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini and cauliflower with some olive oil and seasoning. It only takes a couple of minutes under the grill. Add mayonnaise and feta cheese for a super yummy wrap.
Put it in a pocket
Use pita pockets to add a little fun to your salads. Fill with Greek olives, turkey, feta cheese, spinach and cucumber slices for a Mediterranean option.
Gruyere cheese and asparagus with arugula make a really delicious combination.
Make a bean salad pocket by mixing 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts olive oil, black pepper, finely chopped shallots, white kidney beans, feta or goat cheese, and sliced cucumber.
Small insulated thermoses of tomato, butternut or vegetable soup with a side of pita pockets cut in wedges make a really great lunch on a cold day. Make extra soup for dinner and keep it in the freezer for those really chilly days. You can just warm it up in the morning and pop it in a thermos.
Bag a bagel
Bagels don't just have to be for smoked salmon and cream cheese! If you are making burgers for dinner, fry a couple of extra patties and pack a bagel burger for lunch. Add lettuce, cheese, tomato and mustard.
You can also fry up a little extra breakfast to make a bacon, egg and tomato breakfast bagel for lunch.
There's also nothing like just some simple cream cheese spread across a bagel. You could even top it with a few slices of cucumbers or strawberries for added flavor.
This is a Stick Up
Putting things on a skewer somehow increases their deliciousness! Cut fruit to make colorful fruit kebabs.
You can also roll up sandwich meat and alternate these on a skewer with cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives and baby carrots.
Pasta is faster
Pasta salad is a great way to get all of their nutrients in a single dish. Use bowtie pasta for the carbohydrate, ham or salami squares and lentils for protein and onion, red pepper, sprouts, tomato, cucumber or broccoli to make up a well-rounded meal.