Foodie Friday: Healthy Lunch Ideas For Kids (plus free printable!)
Heading back to school with healthy food can be a challenge for any parent. Here are some of our favorite ideas to make that daily task a little easier.
1. Turkey and cheese roll ups
Layer nitrate-free turkey slices with raw cheddar cheese and roll up. Bonus: add a slice of avocado for additional healthy fats.
Smoothies are a great way to add nutrients to a lunch! You can sneak fruit, vegetables, kefir, and superfoods such as beet root powder and Vitamin C powder into the blend and no one will even notice. We also add things like Liquid SuperKids, Kelp Powder, and Slippery Elm Bark Powder. If you are packing a lunch ahead of time, you can freeze the smoothies the night before and use is as an ice pack as they thaw in time for lunch!
Incorporating kefir into favorite recipes is a great way to get some raw cultures into your littles.
- 2 cups kefir or plain yogurt (preferably homemade)
- 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic granules
- 1 fresh garlic clove, minced
- 1½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
Mix together and serve with sliced raw veggies such as bell peppers, cucumbers, and carrots.
4. Add a color
Pack a variety of colors in fruit and vegetables to get a variety of nutrients. This broadens the array of nutrients available, and helps get your kids used to eating a variety of foods.
5. Use leftovers
Reheat yummy food from dinner the night before– nutrient-dense stews and soups are especially suitable– and pack in a thermos to keep warm until lunchtime.
6. Boost with herbs
Add a boost to all your stews and soups by adding 1/4 cup Astragalus to your broths (strain before using broth). Then use Turmeric Powder to season soups and stews for added yumminess and immune-boosting support.
7. Herbal Tea
Instead of sugary drinks or juices, send stevia-sweetened herbal teas! Beeyoutiful’s Immuni-Tea is an excellent selection to use for lunchbox hydration. Kid favorites also include Lemon Balm, Hibiscus, Rosehips, and Peppermint. You can even blend in some less flavorful but power-packed herbs for added nutrients.
Help your kids build healthy habits with our fun printable checklist. Get yours by clicking below!
CORRECTION: Checklist should recommend ½ ounce of water per pound of body weight, NOT 2 ounces. We apologize for the error!