Back to School: Healthy Lunches Made Easy!

Back to school means back to figuring out what to pack for lunch!  Choosing a healthy lunch for your child is important and it’s easy to fall into a humdrum routine.  You’ve got plenty on your plate already, so Googaro has done the work for you!  We’ve created 7 categories consisting not only of food suggestions, but playful ideas for packing a healthy, fun lunch!

Print out this article and keep it handy for your next shopping trip.  By keeping the items below stocked in your house you will ensure a mix and match variety that keeps lunch time fresh and original long after the “back to school” novelty has worn off!

FRUITS/DIPS – Keeping a variety of juicy fresh fruit on hand allows for sweet snacks that are healthy and easy to pack:

  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Clemetines
  • Variety of yogurt dips

*Googa tip – wash, cut, and package over the weekend so they’re ready to go during the week!

VEGGIES/DIPS – A variety of favorite veggies, prepped and cut into single servings, along with a favorite dip pack a crunchy boost to any child’s lunch:

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Ranch dressing
  • Variety of hummus

*Googa tip – Make sure small containers used for dressings are easy enough for small fingers to open!

ON THE GO – These yummy suggestions require NO prepping.  Keep these on hand for particularly busy mornings:

  • Mini Babybel cheese
  • Squeezable organic yogurt tubes
  • Raisins
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Organic chips
  • Yogurt drops
  • Graham crackers

*Googa tip – saving “no prep needed” fruit choices like apples and bananas for extra busy mornings ensures you have always have healthy choices available!

FINGER FOODS – They may require a little extra prep work, but kids love fun finger foods, so they’re worth it:

  • Cubed cheese
  • Balls of melon
  • Favorite cereal
  • French toast or waffles cut into sticks
  • Lady fingers
  • Mini muffins

*Googa tip – Kids love being surprised by their favorite cereal as a snack!

TRADITIONAL – Perhaps your child wants nothing more than a good, old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  That doesn’t mean you can’t still experiment a bit to try and widen your child’s culinary horizons.  Some schools have banned peanut butter due to allergies.  Either way, this is the list for you:

  • Apple Butter
  • Hazelnut spread, like Nutella
  • Fresh fruit in place of jelly or jam paired with cream cheese
  • Whole wheat crackers instead of bread
  • Pitas
  • Rice cakes
  • Hot dog bun + favorite spread + peeled banana in the center = giggles galore!

*Googa tip – Never give up trying new foods on a picky eater.  It can take anywhere from 10 – 20 attempts before a child will accept a new food!

WRAPS – Wraps are fun and convenient and there is no limit to what you can fill them with. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Egg salad
  • Garden salad with a favorite dressing
  • Grilled veggies
  • Avocado and tomatoes
  • Cream cheese and tomatoes
  • Cream cheese and jelly
  • Peanut butter and jelly wrapped around a peeled banana

*Googa tip – After filling and rolling up the wrap, slice into 1 inch thick pieces, then stand those pieces upright for “sandwich sushi” – playful bite size rolls that resemble sushi rolls!

PLAYFUL – Play with your food!  Lunch time can be fun and healthy:

  • Celery stalks + peanut butter + raisins = Ants On a Log
  • Boring sandwich + cookie cutters = Fun lunchtime surprise
  • Shredded carrots = crazy hair or antenna
  • Toothpicks + flag stickers + finger foods = classy lunch “hor d’oeuvres”
  • Small skewer of grapes + orange slice cut in half = Butterflies

*Googa tip – Get creative!  It will brighten your day knowing your child will smile and think of you while you’re apart!

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