Hopefully you pack your kid’s lunch and they eat it. Hopefully your kid doesn’t go to the food truck and spend your hard earned money on high calorie junk food instead of eating the lunch you prepared. If you aren’t so lucky, you may need to be more creative in what you pack. Many schools serve lunches that children don’t eat, or they only eat a few components, donuts anyone? Many schools have financial pressures and limited staff, making it hard to prepare healthy and good tasting food. So you must do the job! Here are some ideas to pack lunches your kids’ will enjoy.

 Delicious lunchbox ideas for kids

1. Make it a one dish wonder. You don’t have to pack all the food groups separately. You do have to make  them a nutritious and good tasting meal. Try making a one dish item with all the food groups. An example is a curly pasta salad. Mix tri-colored rotini pasta with some corn and cut up grapes, mix in a honey-Dijon salad dressing and there you have a one dish wonder.

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2. Roll it up. Tired of seeing the same old bread? Tortillas can work well instead of bread and they come in a few colors. Spread some hummus on a tortilla and top with shredded lettuce and carrots. Roll it up and place a toothpick in the middle. Try it also with cream cheese for a variation.

Healthy lunchbox ideas for kids

3. Make your own yogurt sundae parfait as a meal. A name means everything. What you title the food can make all the difference. Instead of yogurt fruit and cereal, have a sundae for lunch. Pack a yogurt, slices of bananas and strawberries and some cold cereal. Put a tall cup in the lunchbox. Tell your child to make layers of yogurt, fruit and cereal.

4. Send them to school with their own plate. In their lunch box, put a pretty colored plate. Instead of focusing on the vegetables in the lunch, the child can be the special one with a multi colored plate. Use a plate the color of the vegetable in the lunch that day.

5. Soup on the Fly. Any time of year, soup can offer all your food groups in just one dish. Here is an easy way to make a healthy and tasty soup.

6. Fruit as a sandwich? Yes. Heat a small tortilla in a pan. Spread on some low-fat margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Add cut apple slices, flip the tortilla in half so it looks like a taco and you have a sweet apple sandwich.

7. Try a new grain. Dr.Oz and everyone else are talking about Quinoa, the grain with the highest amount of protein. It is easy to make. Use vegetable or chicken broth instead of water when you cook. Add sautéed vegetables on top and you have a meal.

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