Kid-Approved Lunch Ideas
Whether you have a picky eater or a child with special dietary needs, preparing school lunches can be challenging. The bento, a Japanese lunchbox, has been gaining popularity for its compact and organized way to create delightful, healthy lunches. What’s the perfect formula for your child’s lunch? It should contain a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and two to three ounces of lean protein.
Northwestern Medicine Carla Schuit, MPH, RD, LDN, adds that bringing a lunch to work isn’t just for kids. “Bringing your lunch to work is an affordable and easy way to take control of your nutrition,” she says. “Bento boxes, with their pre-set sections, can help with portion sizes. For a balanced meal, put vegetables in the largest section, and then add a carbohydrate and a protein to the two remaining sections.”
Here are some creative, nutritious lunch ideas that are both parent- and kid-approved.