Healthy Kids Lunches ~ I Need Your Help!

I’m a homeschooling momma of three. We don’t eat out a lot.  I cook lunch and dinner pretty much every day.  They’re usually on their own for breakfast.

As you know, if you’ve been reading this blog for very long, I’ve been working on making positive changes in my life.   Some of these changes involve eating no sugar, less processed foods, and little carbs.  I don’t feel deprived.  I’m happy eating salads for lunch every day, and I feel much better when I eat this way.  That’s not my problem.

My problem is the kids.

While I may eat a healthy salad, the kids’ lunches at our house are usually quick and simple… quesadillas, frozen pizza, ramen, chicken noodle soup, mac & cheese, corn dogs, chicken nuggets, sandwiches…

You see my dilemma.  I am not feeding my kids with the same standard I am using for myself.  I use processed, bad-for-you, quick foods to feed them because A) it’s easy, and B) it’s what they like.  Bad mommy!  Breakfast isn’t a whole lot better.  Two of my kids eat cereal and the other eats boiled eggs.  They’re not fans of oatmeal.  Two of them will eat fruit smoothies if I make them.

So, I’m all ears!  What healthy whole foods do you feed your children for lunch?  Or if you don’t have children to feed, what might you feed them if you were in my position?  I need ideas, people!


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3 Responses to Healthy Kids Lunches ~ I Need Your Help!

  1. diana mcadams October 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hummus & whole grain pita chips ( can even make your own gluten free ones )…brown rice tortillas, cut in triangles w.a little EVOO and salt…375-400 for 20-30 minutes )
    Guacomole with corn chips.
    Cheese sticks, pnut butter and apples.
    Grilled chicken strips added to their own yummy salads.
    Yogurt with fruit and granola…who says it has to be for breakfast ?
    Do they like tuna ? One of the best protein sources on toast or crackers.
    Fruit and cottage cheese, if they’ll eat that :-) Cottage cheese is great with peaches or tomatoes, if they’re more into the veggie taste and not the sweet taste.
    Protein shakes with just a good quality protein powder and/or fruit, yogurt, almonds added ( or not ). My grandkids love those ! But then again, they’d eat anything on this list with relish ( Except the 3rd one.,…he’s a picky little guy. )
    Things like Texas Caviar….( you know the kind …black beans, corn kernels, fresh chopped tomatoes, cilantro ,etc..again served with some whole grain chips.
    Make a big pot of healthy ( think beef or chicken veggie ) soup the first of each week. With winter coming, a bowl or two of that every couple days should be welcome.

    Your girls may not eat this kind of stuff, but most of it is fairly simple. Make a batch or two of hummus, for instance and it keeps several days in the fridge. Grill 2 or 3 pounds of chik ahead and have it handy to toss into a pan of some frozen veggies for a quick stir fry.
    Ever made your own “summer sausage ” ? You can make it with ground turkey, instead of all beef if you want. Another great protein source…like a meat stick, but without all the chemicals and junk in the commercial ones. If they like jerky, they’d probably like this. Of course, this is not dry and tough like jerky :-)
    Just a few ideas…lunches are hard ! Pretty much the same ole, same ole most days.

  2. diana mcadams October 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Oh, and as to B), “it’s what they like”, it’s always easier to be a Monday morning quarterback and wish you’d introduced some better quality foods earlier..if you haven’t done much before. But it’s never too late to try and get them to eat hummus, or guacamole. Or anything else that you’re wanting to get them to eat. At least, they can try it :-)

  3. Alison Champney October 8, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I almost always make enough dinner at night in order to have leftovers for lunch for the kids and my hubby. On occasion, I do buy Annies Mac N Cheese when its on sale for their lunch. If we don’t have leftovers, they make tuna, salads or sandwiches. We don’t do processed food, well besides the occasional mac n cheese. I know the transition can be hard for kiddos when having to eat in a simpler way, but I would encourage you to remind the girls that we must be good stewards of our health. As an aside, I do encourage my children to make creative salads and sandwhiches, and provide the ingredients. My children all love to cook and create as a result. I hope this helps. Blessings….

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