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Healthy Meals: How to Prepare Healthy School Lunches

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As a mom of two children, I get it. Packing healthy lunches can be hard and time consuming. The grocery store offers beautifully packaged products and yet they can be filled with ingredients a mom can't even pronounce. Packaging is a key word. Isn't that what draws children to food? Healthy options can look boring, but presented differently, a child may devour them!

How to Prepare Healthy Lunches

Here are a couple of ideas to brighten up those school lunches and feel great about what your children are eating.

A Well-Balanced Lunch

This is a fun and colorful lunch that will delight the kids. Turkey Wraps, Kiwi and Strawberries, Baked Almonds (with olive oil and sea salt) and Newman's Organic O's.

My youngest child does not care for sandwiches. I have spent many hours cutting off crusts and have decided to find a new option. Meet the Turkey Wraps. Take one Organic (Horizon) Cheese Stick and cut it into several pieces.  Wrap a small slice of All Natural Turkey Breast around each piece.

And for the Non-Meat Lover:

PBHONEY Bites—Whole Wheat or Gluten Free Bread, All Natural Peanut Butter and Locally Grown Honey

Packaging and Balance

There are two huge words for kiddos. If I say NO to everything, they want it all. So, I try for alternatives. We have found a great substitute to potato chips and Cheez-Its with these Snap Peas from Trader Joes. They are a bit salted, crunchy and Delish!

Plan Ahead

Lastly, Planning is important. Plan out your children's lunches just as you would plan your family dinners.  This will create stress free mornings and happier and healthier families!

Cheryl Mosley is a wife, mom to 2, Certified Fitness Instructor and Healthy Living Blogger at Live Fit Daily. An avid runner and fitness lover, she hopes to encourage other women in achieving a balanced, healthy lifestyle.  Cheryl and her family recently moved from the Deep South to New England and are enjoying the daily adventures they encounter.

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3 Responses to “Healthy Meals: How to Prepare Healthy School Lunches”

  1. LaTonya says:

    When my children were little they weren’t crazy about sandwiches. I’d wrap meat around slices of cheese, and call in a roller coaster.

  2. Thank you for the reminder that presentation is key as well as the fact that there are almost always “healthier” alternatives to the foods we are trying to avoid sending in our kid’s lunches.

  3. Hey Cheryl Mosley! You are really the sweetest mom! That’s really great that you have discovered some great new ideas..I do agree with you,..There’s nothing best of presenting with some different lovely wrapper..It works not only for kids but also for adults too. foods quality is less important to child, key is how you are presenting the food to them..But food quality is important to us..we should keep in mind that first we should choose healthy meal then think about the presentation ….i’ve discovered some new ideas from your blog…thanks for sharing

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