With back to school around the corner, it’s almost time to think about packing snacks and lunches again (EEP!). Even though I’m a nutritionist, I still enjoy seeing what other people are packing in their kids' lunches. I figured if I enjoy getting inspiration from others, you might too. With that in mind, I’m sharing some principles for building a snack/lunch box and some ideas you can try here.
To make everything nut-free, sub the peanut butter for sunflower or pumpkin seed butter as that’s a prerequisite for school lunches these days.
Sophie is a particular eater, and while what she eats ebbs and flows, I *try* to make sure there’s always fat, protein and veggie in each snack/meal that I pack for her in her lunchbox.
Here are some protein examples:
- Cheese strings
- Grated cheese
- Meat sticks
- Deli-meat slices
- Hard boiled eggs
- Cut up BBQ chicken
Here are some fat examples:
- Pumpkin seed butter or sunflower seed butter (instead of peanut butter for nut-free option)
- Sliced avocado
- Dairy-free or Regular Yogurt (mix in some hemp and flax seed for extra fiber)
Then, the easy part is adding the carbs because kids love these foods:
- Fruit (apple slices with lemon juice, orange slices, berries, halved grapes, banana)
- Crackers (Mary's Crackers or Simple Mills)
- Rice cake sandwiches (with seed butter or avocado
- Bread (gluten free if needed)
And for veggies, I rotate between snap peas, cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes and bell pepper slices.
Here are 9 different snack/lunch combinations:
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- Baby carrots, grapes, pumpkin seed butter, cheese slices
- Snap peas, pear slices, chickpeas
- Deconstructed tacos: Corn tortilla strips, mashed avocado + lime juice + salt and black beans, corn, cheddar cheese mixed
- Scrambled eggs, grapefruit slices, avocado slices (with lime juice)
- Pancakes (see recipe below), applesauce, cucumber slices
- Cucumber slices, blackberries, hummus
- Hardboiled eggs, avocado slices (with lime juice), cucumber slices, cheese cubes
- Mini pitas (filled with cheese slices, turkey breast slices) and hummus with carrot sticks
- Crackers, hummus, cheese cubes, turkey breast slices (rolled up)
Next week I’ll be sharing our favourite packaged kids' snacks that aren’t too high in sugar, so stay tuned for that!