In the mad rush to prepare for back to school, and then keep up with school work, routines and meals, it can be a struggle at times to fill in the nutritional gaps. And a hungry belly never does anyone any good, especially when it comes to fueling their brains and bodies – and ours!
So when it comes to what to send your child to school with for lunch, you want to make sure it’s not only filling, but also won’t make your child sluggish at school.
Here are eight healthy, “fill-in-the-blank” foods which you can add to your child’s lunch to help make him the most prepared for whatever the day throws at them.
1. Bean and tuna wrap – Tuna fish is filled with omega 3 fatty acids which are great for helping keep your brain focused. Beans are great at fighting bad cholesterol. If you add tomato, then you have a fruit full of antioxidants which help prevent cell damage.
2. Minestrone Soup – A soup full of beans for fiber and veggies is great. Add a protein like chicken and you have a meal which catches on many of the nutrient points while also really filling your child up, which is super important.
3. Fish Casserole – Remember those omega 3 fatty acids in the tuna? Well, with a fish casserole you are likely to add more of these helpful fatty acids into your child’s diet. If you include sweet peppers, then you get Vitamin C which is great for the immune system – very important for a child in school around tons of other children passing germs around. Potatoes added to it will add B6 which is a great vitamin needed for brain function.
4. Spaghetti Squash – A vegetable rich in both Vitamin A and C which helps fight Cancer.
5. Chili – With beans and tomatoes you are getting those cholesterol fighters and antioxidants, as well as lots of fiber filled into one easy and tasty bowl of chili. Add some turkey and you have a protein to make this meal filling.
6. Apples & Pears – A little fruit salad which includes these two fruits will give you high fiber and vitamin E. Making a little orange juice sauce to pour over the fruit salad adds some Vitamin C to this tasty sweet healthy treat.
7. Veggie Burgers – It goes without saying that a veggie burger is full of healthy ingredients. It’s packed with many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in one easy-to-make meal.
8. Gyros – Greeks really know what they are doing. You can make a vegetarian gyro without the lamb and still have a very healthy superfood for your child’s lunch. The Greek yogurt in a gyro is a great probiotic and the cucumber provides lots of water and Vitamin A, while the lemon juice has the Vitamin C.
Fruits, vegetables, beans, and low-fat proteins are all great foods to include in your child’s school lunch. Include some sort of fish and even nuts and you have created meals which will keep your child not only alert, but also healthy with cancer-fighting vegetables and fruits chock-full of Vitamin C to help boost that immune system.