Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Eat

  • Food experts share their favorite, nutrient-filled recipes for children from msnbc.com  
     
    Kids want a tasty meal that can be eaten quickly. Parents want a meal that can be made quickly, but isn't full of empty calories. 
     
    Most can be prepared the night before.  The first ideas came from an article from MSNBC.com. Walking around and observing school lunches we know YOU have wonderful healthy lunch  ideas. Please send your healthy lunch menu ideas to Mrs. Geremia and we will add them to our page! Thank you! Happy Healthy Eating!
     
    Here are some great ideas:
     

    MONDAY 

    Whole-grain, trans fat-free crackers 
    Low-fat white cheese slices or mozzarella sticks (such as Cabot or Organic Valley) 
    Baby carrots 
    Cereal bar (such as Health Valley Fruit Cobbler) 
    Bottle of spring water 
     

    TUESDAY 

    Peanut butter sandwich on whole-grain bread (use peanut butter with just peanuts and a little salt – no added sugars) 
    Apple, whole or sliced (preserved in lemon juice and wrapped in a paper towel to prevent discoloration) 
    Celery sticks 
    One box of raisins 
    Packaged graham cracker sticks 
    Jello pudding – low fat
     

    WEDNESDAY 

    Half a piece of pita bread, opened 
    Canola mayonnaise (spread inside pita bread) 
    Slice of additive-free chicken or turkey 
    Lettuce leaves (dark green) 
    Paprika (sprinkle on poultry slices) 
    Apple (yellow or red delicious) 
    Vanilla enriched rice milk (lunch box size) 
     

    THURSDAY 

    Whole-grain tortilla 
    Spread (such as canola or Earth's Best) on one side of tortilla 
    Last night's leftovers (placed on half of tortilla and rolled up) 
    Dried fruit (fruit leather or combination of dried cranberries, raisins and bananas) 
    Bottle of spring water or vitamin water 
     

    FRIDAY 

    Whole-wheat wrap (spread with peanut or soy-“nut” butter and sliced bananas or sugar-free preserves) 
    Small bowl of berries and/or sliced melon 
    Celery sticks and baby carrots (or pickles if child prefers) 
    Small container of skim milk 
     

    MONDAY 

    Low-fat, whole-grain crackers 
    Reduced fat cheese stick 
    Sliced red peppers and baby carrots 
    Low-fat packaged milk (such as Horizon Organic) 
    Grapes
     

    TUESDAY 

    Pre-packaged South Beach meal wrap 
    Low-fat yogurt (such as Stonyfield or Brown Cow) 
    Nut snacks (almonds or sesame seeds) or trail mix 
    6 ounces of 100 percent juice (such as Apple & Eve)
     

    WEDNESDAY 

    Chicken or turkey and lettuce pita sandwich 
    Red delicious or yellow apple 
    Cereal bar 
    Vanilla enriched rice milk 
    100 calorie package mini-Oreos
     

    THURSDAY 

    Whole-wheat tortilla 
    2 slices low-fat bologna or soy-based meat 
    Reduced-fat cheese stick or shredded cheese 
    Fruit cup (packed in fruit juice with no added sugars) 
    Animal crackers
     

    FRIDAY 

    Slice of leftover plain or veggie pizza 
    100 percent fruit sauce (apple, apricot or fruit mix) 
    Frozen low-fat yogurt (will thaw by lunchtime) 
    Unsweetened fruit water or vitamin water 
    Cookies (such as Newman-O's, Barbara's Snackimals, or Joseph's Sugar-Free)