When my daughter started first grade I was trying
to figure out what to pack her for lunch. Walking through the store I
saw chips, juice boxes, snack cakes, fruit snacks, crackers and packaged
fruit. Basically, if I packed this she would get sugar and fat for
lunch. I love dessert (not so much from a box), but when it's for dessert, not a meal.
I took a different approach and stocked up on bulk nuts, cheeses, meats,
dried fruit, and a sturdy water bottle. When pairing those with wheat bread
and fresh fruits and vegetables, she gets a great variety and a nutritious
lunch. It's packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, complex
carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. I do pack
a small treat as well, but it's for fun, not the meal.
At home this has become our favorite lunch. Not only is
it healthy and delicious, it's quick and easy. Much easier than the regular mac & cheese, chicken
nuggets, frozen pizza and foods like these that dominate the grocery stores.
Set out a spread like this when neighbor
kids are over and everyone will find something they like. Also great
for picnics, snacks and hikes.
These items are great to have on hand
for salads. The fruits and nuts are also great mix-ins to yogurt,
granola, and hot cereals.