If you would’ve asked me two years ago if I thought I could send salad to school with my kids for lunch, I would’ve said probably not. It was a process to get my kids to eat raw leafy greens. They embraced broccoli, carrots, peppers, even onions long before they were okay with leafy greens. The key is to keep trying. Eventually kids will usually come around.
One of my tips that I talk about is getting kids involved to make healthy food fun. Get them involved in the food shopping, and when it comes to school, get them involved in shopping for storage containers! It makes even the simplest foods so much more exciting. We took our kids to the Container Store to look for some new BPA-free containers, and we found some cool little squeeze bottles. Perfect for salad dressing!
You should have seen how excited the kids were when I was packing this lunch last night. . . my dream come true. Now, if they come home with all the veggies gone, I will be a happy mama. I will give an update. . .
- A salad with spring mix, sugar snap peas, carrots, red bell peppers, mushrooms and leftover steamed broccoli
- Annie’s Organic Goddess dressing
- Organic cheese stick
- A bunch of whole grain crackers
Applesauce in squeeze containers. I kind of like these because the kids don’t need a spoon. I saw some re-usable squeeze pouches recently that I will likely purchase. They would be great for homemade applesauce or other fruit purees.
Yesterday we made banana ice cream after school. I added a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder so my kids thought it was chocolate ice cream. It was such a nice warm day, it was the perfect treat.
Our after-school snack today will likely be trail mix. The nuts and seeds make it a nice hearty snack and my kids always enjoy picking out their own ingredients.