Working moms are often too busy in the morning to prepare complicated lunches—for themselves or for their kids! However, many convenience foods are too high in fat and sugar. Here are some quick and easy lunchbox ideas that will give kids the energy and nutrition they need to do well in school.
Make sandwiches from whole-grain breads. These complex carbs will release a steady stream of energy, so kids don’t suffer from a sugar crash. Keep things interesting by picking different kinds of breads or meats: turkey on rye on one day, a hero sandwich on another.
Peanut butter is a staple in most households (especially when paired with jelly!). But don’t ignore the other nut butters. Almond and cashew spreads are also rich in protein, minerals, fiber and “good” fats. Try serving it on crackers or as dips for slices of fruit.
Make a shake
Combine several kinds of fruit and quickly run through the blender for a hearty, vitamin-rich shake. Keep it cold by storing in a high-quality insulated thermos.
Prepare a fruit and cheese platter
Slice different kinds of cheese, fruits and serve with whole grain crackers. This calcium-rich combo makes a great snack, and is easy for even toddlers or preschoolers to eat on the go.
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