Summer is coming to an end, and kids and teachers are returning to the classrooms. Therefore, it’s getting the mindset of everyday routine and marks the beginning of packing school lunches. With a little planning, imagination, and feedback from your child, you can pack a lunch that they will enjoy. Whether your child enjoys school lunches, or you decide to pack your child’s lunch instead, it’s important to provide a nutrient-packed meal that will fuel their bodies and brains.
Stock up on convenient lunch foods for the week. Make sure you have plenty of small sandwich bags, reusable containers, plastic spoons and forks, and freezer packs to keep foods and beverages cool. Packing lunch does not have to be a laborious task.
Tips for a successful lunch:
There are many other foods that are safe to pack without refrigeration. These foods could include peanut butter, whole wheat bread, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds, unopened cans of fruit and pudding, pretzels, crackers, bottled 100% juices, and canned meat, and chicken that can be opened and eaten immediately.
Kid-friendly lunch recipe: Turkey Rolls
Lay out tortillas. Spread with mayonnaise. Layer turkey slice, lettuce, and cheese onto tortillas. Roll up and wrap. Makes 2 servings.
This article is written by Markaye Russell, Area Nutrition Agent,
Ouachita, and Union Parishes. This article is referenced by LSU
AgCenter, University of Arkansas, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service
and North Carolina Extension Service.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture