Healthy and nutritional back to school meals are important for your kid's daily food intake. Fortunately today most public schools and private schools provide a comprehensive and healthy menu for kids buying their lunch and snacks.
If you are a parent who prepares your kid's lunch, snacks and after school meals, listed below are some suggestions that should help your meal planning needs. After school care givers, (babysitters, the boys and girls clubs, after school programs, etc...) will find the following information useful as well. The suggestions below are also beneficial in providing good nutrition to a kid's daily diet.
Fresh cut vegetable suggestions: carrots, cauliflower, red cabbage, broccoli, jicama, celery, edamame, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, green beans
Fresh cut fruit suggestions: apples, oranges, pears, bananas, pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blue berries, raspberries, blackberries
With some fruits and vegetables, you can freeze the cut pieces into small bags and add them to your child's lunch bag the next day. Not only does this process serve to keep the food cool, by the time your child eats the fruits or vegetable, it will be fresh and not warm.
Edamame is one of the treats my children love. Buy them in the frozen section of the grocery store. Read the instructions on par boiling them before you give them to your child. Once they are cooked, you can place them in little baggies and keep them in the fridge for a few days. Edamame is a soy bean.
Here are links for you to explore further meal planning:
Epicurious Back to school meal planning
The Food Network has lunch planning suggestions
Taste of Home back to school snacks like the banana and pear caterpillar
Family Circle provides 15 suggestions for after school snacks, like a Mexican pizza idea
Real Simple has 21 lunch bag ideas
Follow Tammye Ellertson on Pinterest for Lunch ideas, she has a bunch!
Eat well, Live well!
Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment below and let me know if these suggestions were helpful, or if you have suggestions of your own.