Healthy Lunch Snack for School
School lunches and snacks have received a significant amount of press lately because of the unhealthy choices that many schools offer. Because of the need for healthy snacks, many parents choose to send one each day with their children.
As always, fruits and vegetables are healthy snacks to send to school with children. Many children might not eat whole fruits or vegetables because they are not the most exciting snacks. There are many ways to send fruits and vegetables in ways that are fun for children.
Tasty Avocado Layer Dip
An avocado layer dip is a great snack to send. Not only is it fun to make, but it is fun to eat, too. In a plastic contain, layer spicy black beans or vegetarian refried beans, mashed avocado, salsa, shredded cheese, and any other delicious choices. It is important to layer the avocados anywhere but the top layer, because it will turn brown on top. Parents can also make the avocado into a guacamole before layering, too. Kids can use carrot sticks, celery sticks, romaine lettuce, or a light chip or cracker for this tasty snack. As long as the dip is refrigerated the night before or made the morning of school, it will last nicely until lunch.
Alternative to Chips
Parents usually send chips or crackers with their children as a snack because they are easy to pack and kids eat them. Instead of sending unhealthy chips like Cheetos or Doritos, there are better options. One delicious snack chip is called Plentils, which is made by Enjoy Life Foods, a company that makes foods that are free of common allergens like peanuts, milk, egg, and soy. Plentils are made from lentils and other natural ingredients.
Parents can also send popcorn as an alternative to chips. This does not mean cheesy or buttery popcorn, but healthy, low fat popcorn. Parents can also make their own trail mixes with seeds, raisins, and maybe even a few little chocolate chips for fun along with other dried fruits like papaya or pineapple.
Healthy Sandwiches Options
Sandwiches are other excellent ways to fit in some healthy options into your children’s diet. There are healthy breads full of whole grains besides just wheat. Some bread even has fruit juice added. Parents can also make sandwiches with romaine lettuce as the ‘bread.’ Healthy sandwich fixings include things like sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and homemade pickles and jams. These healthy alternatives can easily replace fattening options like peanut butter and heavily processed meats. BLT’s are surprisingly good options, especially if parents use a green other than lettuce and they go lightly on the bacon. Lettuce does not have as many vitamins and minerals as other healthier greens.
There are many healthy options for beverages, too. Instead of Kool Aid or other sugary juice boxes and pouches, there are some juice boxes that have 100% juice in them. The best option for a healthy lunch snack is a bottle of water. Silk Soy Milk makes little boxes of soy milk that are perfect for lunch snacks, too.