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Healthy Lunch ideas for young school kids

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Healthy Lunch ideas for young school kids

I need to make some changes in how the boys eat while they are in school. They are 9 and 7, grades 4 and 2 this year.
They have in the past taken sandwiches, a juice box and a couple of "snacks" like rice krispies squares and apples.

What are some easy yet nutritious things to send to school?

(Has to be nut free, not just peanuts, all nuts)
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How about baby carrots, celery sticks, and cucumbers with a light ranch/blue cheese dipping sauce? I find that if young children eat vegetables at a young age, they'll learn to appreciate the finer foods in life. I'm 20 and I am loving my vegetables. (I still hate eggplant though)
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bananaman wrote:How about baby carrots, celery sticks, and cucumbers with a light ranch/blue cheese dipping sauce? I find that if young children eat vegetables at a young age, they'll learn to appreciate the finer foods in life. I'm 20 and I am loving my vegetables. (I still hate eggplant though)
Awesome idea. Fruit is loved here, but it never seems to last more than a day, carrots and celery can be stretched out longer :)
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You can make them a small salad bowl topped with dressing and maybe treat them with bacon bits if they are doing good at school. :-0
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Our kids (16,13 & 10) are fruit and veggie-holics. You could try homemade fruit salads. Any veggies cut up into smaller pieces, mine happen to love cucumber. And for sandwiches mine prefer pitas. We fill them with everything from chicken sald or tuna to taco fillings to salads. A thermos filled with soup or chile is a big hit in the winter. Ours also really like bagels, either just plain or as a bread replacement for sandwiches.
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Thanks for the ideas! These guys really need more veggies, they get a lot of fruit, but veggies are harder to get into them. But I will try.
I am now looking for thermoses to carry soup and such to school. :)
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I'd substitute water for "juice" boxes/packs. If it becomes a real problem at first, perhaps only substitute every other day until they become more willing to let the "juice" go. I just can't stand the junk kids are subjected these days...
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Fruit Salad, homemade salad for the lunchn and drink are fruit juices made all naturally from blenders or juicers.

I usually eat a BLT with some carrot sticks and a bottle of water or apple cidar.
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I'm strongly against fruit juices these days. I was looking at the nutritional value for juice boxes and they contain an enormous amount of sugar. I think a Peach Del Monte fruit box contains just as much sugar as a can of coke last time I checked, although I could be wrong.

Anyways, the point being, I would recommend milk/icepack or just plain water. It's a much healthier route. Just my two cents.
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I think you are correct bananaman. We don't and have never bought juice boxes. They have very little actual fruit juice. The only juices our kids get is 100% fruit (or vegetable)juices. We have been fortunate that our elementary school has a school milk program that we use.

Ronnie, don't forget you can sneak veggies in lots of other ways. Things like sneaking squash, zuchinni, etc. into pasta sauces. The guidelines are 5-10 servings of fruit and veggies, it doesn't have to be all veggies. Subtle changes, things like switching to whole wheat pastas and bread will make a big difference usually with little fuss from picky ones.
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ronnie99 wrote:Thanks for the ideas! These guys really need more veggies, they get a lot of fruit, but veggies are harder to get into them. But I will try.
I am now looking for thermoses to carry soup and such to school. :)
LOL :D , for some reasons i really dont like fruit, and i love my vegetables, just add some salt black pepper and squeese some lemon Yummy Yummy :cheesygri
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bananaman wrote:How about baby carrots, celery sticks, and cucumbers with a light ranch/blue cheese dipping sauce? I find that if young children eat vegetables at a young age, they'll learn to appreciate the finer foods in life. I'm 20 and I am loving my vegetables. (I still hate eggplant though)
OMG im exactly the same.

I get my vegetables free (I work at Weston Produce, kinda like No Frills, since they dont give me benefits I make my own :D )
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Sandwiches are still a staple; lots of variety, healthier than burgers and fried foods.
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