A couple year ago we started eating mostly organic and all natural. One of the biggest problems we found was finding great convenience foods that weren't insanely expensive or filled with preservatives and gross stuff.
It took a while for me to get the hang of creating healthy lunches that don't come from a box or a can, but I soon got the hang of whipping up something quick from fresh produce.
My kids are at the age where they want to fix their own lunches. I love this, but some days I need to not make a disaster in the kitchen.
Somedays I will put a variety of items on their plates. They can be anything, but this is a nice change from the usual PB&J routine.
You will have to excuse this very "orange" lunch. We are going through a "we don't eat it if it's green, unless of course it's broccoli" phase. This was a day I didn't try some green. But remember to keep trying even when they say no!
They love the whole wheat mini bagels. They are the perfect size and they make sandwiches with the apple slices and cheese or dip them in the PB. My kids love this because they feel like they are assembling their own lunches.
Clementines are great lunch items because they are very easy to peel, again giving them the opportunity to do something themselves.
Putting some random items on a plate is a great way to find some new lunch combos too. My son apparently likes the bagels with the cheese and apples. My daughter dipped everything in the peanut butter.
Best of all, everything was eaten :)
This was a vegetarian lunch, but if you are a carnivore you can easily add some all natural deli meat or grilled chicken chunks. We like to do hummus with these meals too. It's a great way to clean out your fruit/veggie drawer too.
So, the next time you reach for Chef Boyaredee, check the fridge instead. Remember to include items they can assemble themselves and let them be creative!
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