If you have a little back-to-schooler at home, chances are you’ve been stocking the pantry and fridge with them in mind these days; foods for lunch and snacks that will keep their little bodies working hard all through those long school days.
There are easy and yummy ways to make lunch box classics healthier. If your children don’t like veggies, there’s still a way to encourage them to eat healthy. Way Better Snacks’ line of tortilla chips is the first of its kind to incorporate sprouted ingredients like flaxseed, quinoa, chia seeds, and black beans into its products. Not only do they taste great, the sprouting process removes the natural protective layer of grains, seeds and beans and unlocks the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants inside, making them easier for your body to digest and absorb. They’re gluten-free, Non-GMO, and with delicious flavors like Simply Sunny Multigrain, Simply Sweet Potato, Simply Beyond Black Bean, and Simply So Sweet Chili, you’re sure to find one that will please the pickiest eater in your family! My daughter goes crazy for the black bean ones.
Swap the conventional bread on that PB and J for something better! Rudi’s Organic Honey Sweet Whole Wheat is made with easy to recognize ingredients like organic honey, whole wheat flour and molasses, and is packed with fiber, protein, and 20 grams of whole grains. Eating organic bread is so much healthier for you – you avoid lots of things that parents try to steer clear of, like high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, additives and genetically modified organisms (also known as GMOs). It’s the perfect foundation for your family’s favorite sandwich!
Gone are yesterday’s milk cartons. These shelf-stable, organic ones from Horizon Organic are the milk of today. Horizon’s single serve milk boxes contain 32 milligrams of DHA omega 3, which has been shown to support healthy brain development. They come in two flavors kids love – vanilla and chocolate – and offer all of the nutritious benefits of milk, including 8 grams of protein, vitamins A and D, and calcium. Most children don’t get enough DHA omega 3’s, so these are an easy way to sneak that into their diet. Best of all, these don’t require refrigeration, so they’re a great nutritious option for packed lunches, and you can always keep an extra stash in the pantry. I find that they’re the perfect size too. My daughter will drink a whole one in a sitting so there’s no waste.
And let’s not forget about breakfast. Cereal is one of the healthiest (and quickest!) options out there – making it a perfect choice for busy parents. Kashi’s Cinnamon Harvest and Simply Maize are organic, bite-sized, and naturally sweet – a much healthier choice than many other easy breakfast options. They’re also made with whole grains: Simply Maize delivers 23 grams per serving and Cinnamon Harvest has a whopping 47 grams. The Whole Grains Council recommends we consume 48 grams per day, so you’ll be well on your way to your daily dose in just one bowl!
Overall, it’s important to remember that you are helping to shape your kiddos’ food habits for life. So fill your kitchen with good-for-you foods and you’ll be helping to create healthy eating habits while keeping their bodies and minds in tip-top shape throughout each day.