It’s back to school time and one of the most discussed topics is kids’ lunches. As a parent, who also likes a nutritious, easy lunch myself, it’s only natural that I would lean towards a healthier lunch for my daughter. The list below includes items that we eat so everything here is something that we like. It’s hard trying to find a healthy counterpart for some of the regular items (like Ritz crackers or Goldfish) found in a regular supermarket so I linked some of the companies/items that are “better” for you. Please be careful when packing school lunches nowadays because of allergies. I tried to include a list that wouldn’t cause another kiddo with allergies harm (as long as they do not digest it like nuts which could cause a reaction if in the same room).
I put together a quick list to help me during my food shopping trip and I wanted to share it with y’all. Here’s to hoping you find inspiration for kiddos as well as yourself.
PROTEIN: Chicken (rotisserie/baked), Turkey*, Ham*, Hummus (* use Applegate products for less nitrates)
GRAINS: Rice, Crackers, Bread, Tortillas, Quinoa, Couscous, Potatoes
FRUITS: Bananas, Apples, Berries, Oranges, Grapes, Clementines/Cuties
VEGETABLES: Carrots, Snap Peas, Green Beans, Peas, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Asparagus
DAIRY: Milk, Cheese Sticks/Cubes, Yogurt (watch out for the sugar content, it’s fairly high with fruit)
SNACKS: Applesauce, Freezed Dried Peas, Raisins, Veggie Chips, Cheese Crackers, Bunny Crackers/Cookies, Apple Chips, Mango Peeled Snacks, (for older kids/adults: popcorn, coconut chips, Trader Joe’s individual nut packets)
Happy September (well almost)!
**Some of the items are affiliate links but my family and I have tried every single product on the list. We hope you find something you like too.