Packing Nutrition into Kid’s Lunches

Posted August 17th, 2010 in Healthy Eating, Healthy Tips

It still feels like summer, but kids all over the country are returning to school. This year in particular there is a lot of conversation around school lunches. Perhaps it’s a result of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, or the Senate recently passing the child nutrition bill?

Either way—I’m happy to see more attention around what we feed our children. Kids who eat healthy meals tend to do better in school, and in life.

Even though some districts are improving their school lunches, I still think the best meals are cooked at home. So, if you need a few new ideas for your kids’ lunchboxes this year I put together several.

First, consider purchasing a better lunch box. What do I mean by better? Look for something that allows you to be creative in the kitchen, but doesn’t have toxic chemicals or ruin our environment. Here are a few options:

  • The Lunch Box by Oots- A cool and contemporary lunch box that’s meant for both kids and grownups. All materials used are food safe and kid-friendly: made of BPA-free and phthalate-free polypropylene plastic, and safety tested for lead. The Lunchbox and containers are dishwasher safe (top rack) and the containers can be used in a microwave. Three colors are available. Prices start at $30.00.
  • Goodbyn- By far, the cutest of the bunch, this lunch box has lots of containers and easy “ears” for opening. Plus, it comes in eight colors and several designs. Check out Goodbyn’s site for more information on where it can be purchased online or at a store near you. $24.95.
  • Stainless Steel Food Container- For tough to please teens, this REI container is practical and inexpensive. It can easily be slipped into a backpack, and washes well. $16.00.
  • Lunchskins- For dry food items like crackers or sandwiches, Lunchskins work great. Plus, their designs are so adorable! This product can basically replace all those plastic bags you’re going through on a weekly basis. Prices start around $7.

For more great ideas on creating smart and tasty lunches for kids, check-out this blog, Wendolonia. It has beautiful pictures, and great ideas. Are you inspired? I am!

Recipe ideas for lunches:
Plain or vanilla yogurt mixed with Oregon Fruit Products’ Blueberries
Blueberry Meal-in-a-Muffin
Alphabet Pasta Salad
Turkey Sandwich Wrap
Leave us a comment telling us what your kids had in their lunch boxes for the first day of school. Or, share your favorite kid-friendly lunch idea.

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