Hello all you faithful brown baggers! No, there is nothing wrong with letting your child buy lunch, but for many families, brown bagging is the way to go for health or religious reasons. That is why I have created this new tool.
I call it “Lunch Types By Personality!”
This tool allows you to tune in to your child’s personality type to find the healthy school lunch that caters to their preferences AND meets their nutritional needs. The first column describes the personality type while the second column gives an example of a fun, healthy, tasty school lunch!
Have FUN using this tool. Add to it by creating (together!) several days worth of “menus” that meet your child’s personality type.
|The Classic Kid
Tip: Vary the type of sandwich to ward off boredom. Choose whole wheat bread, white whole wheat, rye and other whole grain breads and wraps.
|A ham and cheese sandwich on whole grain bread with sliced apples, baby carrot sticks and a cold lowfat milk with one cookie.
|The Comfort Kid
Tip: The extra effort put into packing lunch will ensure your child eats well and feels recharged for the rest of the day.
|Thermos of hot soup, whole grain crackers, cheese slices, a small salad, homemade peach crisp square and a cold lowfat chocolate milk.|
Tip: Give smaller portions of more foods. It is all about options! Prep large amounts of their favorite items to pack throughout the week (Ex: carrot sticks: cut them all on Sunday evening!)
|Dipping Foods! Whole grain pita, hummus and veggies, one slice of cheese, grapes to dip in yogurt, and water with sport top for squirting! Ooh, and something crunchy… like trail mix!|
|The Big Eater
Tip: Focus on fiber and protein to fill them up without weighing them down!
|Sliced chicken breast in a roll-up with mustard and lettuce, skin-on potato salad with diced celery and shredded carrots, fruit kebobs with yogurt cup, 15 almonds, and a cold lowfat milk.
Tip: This active kid will need extra fuel for after school sports.
|Whole grain turkey and cheese bagel sandwich with lettuce and tomato, peach slices with cottage cheese, small homemade brownie, and a cold lowfat milk.