Tara's Lunch Packing Tips

  • Have a reusable lunch box and water bottle.
    • These are super convenient to have for lunch packing and the water bottle helps ensure a well hydrated kiddo.
    • Offer a mix of nutrient rich proteins, fats, and carbs.
      • You want to fuel both your child’s mind and body and a good mix of micro and macronutrients is just the ticket to do so.
      • Here are some options that you can mix and match from:
        • Proteins
          • Cheese
          • Cottage cheese
          • Eggs
          • Tuna
      • Fats
        • Avocado
        • Nuts or nut butters
        • Oils
        • Olives
        • Seeds
      • Carb
        • Beans
        • Fruits (fresh, frozen, or dried)
        • Milk or yogurt
        • Vegetables
        • Whole grains (bread, pasta, or pita)
  • Here are some examples:
    • Hummus, pita bread, olives, carrots, milk
    • Cucumber, watermelon, cheese kabobs, yogurt with pepitas
    • Cheese cubes, whole grain crackers, grapes, cucumber slices , milk
    • Guacamole, tortilla chips, pomegranate, edamame, milk
    • Nuts, berries, cottage cheese, snap peas, milk
    • Tuna sandwich on whole grain bread, apple slices, grape tomatoes, yogurt
    • Pasta salad with veggies, hardboiled egg, orange slices, yogurt
    • Almond butter, honey, and dried cherry sandwich on whole grain, melon, popcorn, milk
    • Include a fruit or a vegetable, or even better, both!
      • Make sure that it is an option that your little one likes. It’s great to offer new foods but perhaps not when your kiddo is away from home and other food options for a large chunk of the day.
      • Make it kid friendly and easily accessible.
        • Peel the orange, slice up the cucumber, pit the cherries, dice the avocado, and spread the almond butter all in advance as these things will make it quicker and easier for your child to enjoy their lunch.
        • Getting them involved in the planning and prep is also a great idea. It may help teach them the positives of planning ahead!

Your super fruit sidekick,

Tara