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    How To Pack A Proper School Lunch

    Summer is winding down and it’s time to start thinking about getting back into a normal routine of packing healthy lunches and snacks for your family. In the past I would stress about this, but we’ve got the routine down pretty good here in our household and I’m sharing my tips with you.

    I like to use the summer as a time to really get to know my kid’s favorite foods and snacks. I stock the fridge and pantry with healthy fruits, veggies and snacks that they are used to and then some new ones to try out. For example, since peanuts are mostly banned at our school, I bought various nuts and seeds for them to snack on. Sunflower seeds turned out to be a new favorite!

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    Here are some ways to get kids excited about healthy lunches:

    1. Get them involved in the gear. Let them pick out their reusable stainless steel water bottle.
    2. Choose a lunch bag that they love. If you son likes Star Wars, find a lunch bag with that theme or a princess one for your daughter.
    3. This is not the time to experiment. Include your child’s favorite fruits and simple foods like cut up grass-fed hot dogs or nut butters on sprouted bread.
    4. Make sure they can open up the containers and bottles you choose. Practice at home first.

    What constitutes a healthy lunch & snack?

    1. Lunch needs to contain a quality, lean protein, fiber, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. This means no sugary fruit roll-ups or gummy fruit that contain only sugar and cause crashes after lunch.
    2. Filtered water to drink. Juice boxes just load kids up on sugar (and possibly high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors) and create a ton of waste for the environment.
    3. Fresh, whole fruit like apples, clementines, berries and grapes.
    4. Cut vegetables like cucumber slices, sliced red bell peppers, sugar snap peas, carrot slices and even frozen peas with hummus make great lunch options.
    5. Trail mix with raw, unsalted nuts, tart cherries or raisins, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and dairy-free chocolate chips

    Getting the kids involved in the packing process can help them to consume it too. I always let my kids pick from 2-3 options the night before and we prep our lunch boxes then. Even little ones can refill their water bottle or put grapes into a container. I find that when they’re involved in the process, they’re more likely to eat what has been packed.

    Do you have some lunch tips you’d like to share? Please tell us in the comments.

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