Healthy School Lunch Ideas

IMG_3382 My daughter started preschool this year and she loved it so much, we switched from two half days to two full days. Now, she gets to eat lunch in the cafeteria with the “big” kids. I found an awesome container, from 100 Days of Real Food, which allows me to pack healthy and fun meals. My sweet cheeks, as we call her, requested a hot dog and corn because that was the hot lunch option the other day. I used:

  • Applegate’s organic hot dogs
  • Buenatural’s no GMO tortilla’s
  • Corn from local farm
  • Organic rasberries
  • Kefir smoothie
  • And I added raw cashews because my daughter loves them
  • Ziploc Divided Container

Benefits of Raw Cashews:

  1. Contain Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and Phosphorus
  2. Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health, even in individuals with diabetes (1).
  3. Contain protein and amino acids

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Another favorite food around my house is lentil! I know, we are weird right?! Season lentils correctly though, and they are delicious! Kowalski’s has precooked and seasoned lentils that are non GMO if you are short on time, which we are as moms. There are not enough hours in the day my mama friends! Pictured above is my son’s lunch for Kid’s Day Out. He is 17 months already.

  • Seasoned lentil beans
  • Almond butter and jelly wrap
  • Kefir smoothie
  • Cucumber strips (from the garden) and Holy Land hummus
  • Organic Grapes
  • Ziploc Divided Container

Health benefits of lentils:

  1. Loaded with fiber, folate, iron, protein, and other vitamins and minerals
  2. A half cup of lentils provides around a third of your daily fiber requirements
  3. Help keep blood-sugar levels even

No school tomorrow, but watch for Thursday’s school lunch post :)

Resources:

  • 100 Days of Real Food
  • WHFoods.com
  • Harvard Medical School

 

3 thoughts on “Healthy School Lunch Ideas

  1. Caitlyn

    my daughter is in preschool as well and I usually pack her lunch- for health reasons and because she is such a picky eater. I love the idea of packing a lunch that is similar to the one provided by the school!

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