Are you a mom like me that hates to think about preparing lunches? Then you add the component of a healthy lunch. I have never been an organized typed personality. I was the student with the messy binder, notes everywhere, and a mediocre room. So, you can imagine how my children’s lunches were prepared. However, I am very health conscious and want to make sure their lunches are fun and nutritious.
Fun Fact: It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 oz jar of peanut butter
Children love peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, but the crust is out of style. I love homemade
- Whole wheat bread w/o high fructose corn sugar or artificial ingredients (Sara lee)
- Organic Peanut butter (Justin’s)
- Organic Jelly (Smucker’s Natural preserves)
- Small sandwich Ziplock bags
- The Pampered Chef Cut N Seal
I like to make enough sandwiches for the week and extra for snack on my off day. Then I will freeze them. My kids will put them in their lunch box frozen, making it easier for them to pack their lunch in the morning. The homemade uncrustable will thaw out by the time it’s lunch.
Veggies & Dip
- Fruits and veggies have tons of fiber
I like to cut up carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cucumbers. I usually put them in zip lock bag or a small container. I pair veggies with ranch & carrots, celery with Justin’s peanut butter, cucumbers or bell peppers with organic apple cider vinegar, fresh garlic and olive oil mixture. I notice the kids would eat the veggies if I had some cool type of dip on the side.
My kids love fruit, so I don’t necessarily need to make eating fruit fun. However, if your child doesn’t like fruit, I would suggest making them into fun shapes. I use bright, sweet fruit like watermelon or apples. I even like to cut fresh pineapples into a star shape. You can whip up some peanut butter and use as dip for apples.
Whipped Peanut Butter
1 jar of Peanut Butter
2 tbs Organic Olive Oil (what is the best olive oil to use?)
Add agave nectar or sugar substitute
Whip on high with electric blender
I am very conscious of the beverages my children drink. I am looking for no high unnatural sugar, free of fructose corn sugar, free of artificial flavors, and dyes, etc. We usually drink water and I can pack a water bottle or safe plastic bottle water. I will give flavor water in the lunches and almond milk as well.