5 quick, easy and healthy school lunch ideas

The kids are back to school and eating meals served in their cafeterias. Families often have mixed emotions when it comes to “school food.” As the parents, it’s always a wonder if the school cafe is serving meals the nourish our children’s needs.

FoodFacts.com and Misty Peak Teas has put together a five lunch ideas for parents who send their children to school with packed food. For older children, including a favorite tea in their brown bags may be a good idea as teas help with digestion and keeping alert for the rest of the day. Here are some filling, nutritious and easy-to-eat school lunches:

Burritos

Burritos are easy to make. Fill them up with ingredients rich in proteins, healthy fats, and flavors from herbs and spices!

Stir-fry meat and/or veggies

You can use either rice or noodles with any stir-fry dish. This dish is a great option for children who observe special diets. The veggie options are endless for vegans and vegetarians. For meat-loving kids, on the other hand, this is also a good way to sneak veggies into their diet.

Salmon, starch and a veggie

Spend an extra few minutes in the morning to prepare a freshly-baked salmon and wrap it in an aluminum foil to preserve freshness. Pack a side dish of potato and broccoli, and your kid’s got a winning school lunch!

Chicken with veggie and bread

Send the kids with chicken breast, lettuce and tomatoes, and whole wheat bread for a deconstructed sandwich. The kids will have fun putting the contents together, or they can eat the ingredients separately.

Pasta

Pasta is always a hit to children. For parents, it’s one of the easiest and most versatile meals to prepare. With simple ingredients — noodles and a good homemade sauce, the kids have a carbohydrates-rich meal to fuel them up through their remaining periods and their after-school activities. Get creative with the additional ingredients and throw in some chicken breast or meatballs for protein and some veggies for fiber.

This piece is contributed by Nicholas Lozito, owner of MistyPeakTeas.com. Nicholas holds educational classes across the West Coast about tea and its associated health benefits.

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Read the full story originally published on the Foodfacts.com blog on August 29, 2016.