School is officially back in session here in Charleston. With most of my clients being working mothers, one of the number one questions I get asked this time of year is “what is a healthy lunch I can pack for my kids?”. I am breaking down my ‘build a better lunchbox’ formula below!
How to build a better lunchbox
Make it interactive: Lunches that allow kids to build their own mini sandwiches or pizza are a great way to encourage healthier eating habits. That’s why I am loving ‘elevated lunchables which are basically a nutritious, homemade take on your traditional ‘lunchables’ from the grocery store.
Whole grains: Whole grains provide filling fiber and B vitamins, which are important for energy production and metabolism. This is an essential part of a healthy lunchbox as kids are particularly active and have higher nutritional needs for growth and development. Whole grains can come in the form of bread, English muffins and crackers, to name a few.
Protein: Protein is also vital for growing kids and can come in the form of yogurt, cheese or lean meat. With dairy products, you are also getting vital nutrient, calcium which kids needs for bone health.
Produce: Fruits and veggies are a vital part of kid’s lunches but can be challenging to incorporate. Pizzas are a fun way to add them and personalize.
Better-for-you treat: A back to school lunch is incomplete without a sweet treat. The Loacker Quadratini Core premium wafers are perfectly portioned for kids and come in flavors that they love like chocolate and vanilla. They also have no artificial colors or flavors, hydrogenated fats or preservatives. The best part is that they are bite-sized and one serving equals 8 cookies!
What are you packing in your back to school lunches?
Thank you Loacker for sponsoring this post.