It’s back to school and that means, back to packed lunches! Lunchtime can be a huge struggle for all families, especially families coping with food allergies. Creativity is the name of the game when it comes to packed lunches. The school year is long and lunch can get boring! We are here to help, with some interesting, kid-friendly ideas. To keep things fun, we love bento-box style lunch containers for a few reasons:
- They keep foods separate- this is a big deal for many kids!
- They help remind us to pack a variety of food groups. If you think of each section as a food group, you’re sure to pack a well-balance meal.
- They encourage you to think beyond the sandwich and get creative.
Bento-style lunches are all the rage, so the ideas on the internet are endless. If you type “kids bento box lunch” on Pinterest or into Google, you’re sure to find ideas that can last all year long. When packing a lunch, whether it’s a bento-style lunch or a regular brown bag lunch, focus on foods that will help keep the kids full, focused and ready-to-learn. Foods containing protein, healthy fats, and fiber do the trick.
Part I of this two part video series includes a fun recipe for a wild rice salad that kids LOVE! It’s full of fall flavors, like apples, cranberries and butternut squash. It contains all of the focus foods listed above: fiber (from the butternut squash, apple and fiber-rich whole grain rice), protein (from the seeds and cheese) and healthy fats (from the olive oil and seeds) Check out the video and recipe below!
How do you think outside the [lunch] box?