Sending a healthy lunch for your preschool child can be challenging, especially if you have a picky eater. The key is to make lunch time fun by adding color, flavor and a variety of choices. It is important to know what kinds of food your child likes and then create lunches that revolve around those foods.
Here are 5 preschool lunch ideas you should try:
- DIY Snack Packs
- Color the Rainbow
- Chicken Roll Ups
- Chicken/Tuna Salad and Crackers
DIY snack packs can include almost any type of snack. Cheese and crackers, apple wedges, cheese sticks and small fruits like grapes and raisins. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on snackables when you can easily make your own
Include all of the colors of the rainbow. Red tomatoes, orange colored cheese (or carrots), yellow lemonade, green grapes, blue corn chips and purple plums are all nutritious options that can be used to create a rainbow for lunch.
Soft tortillas, chicken salad and shredded cheese are nutritious and easy for a child to eat. Include different types of chips and a small fruit cup to round out the nutritious meal.
Chicken or tuna salad can be placed on crackers along with a piece of sliced cheese. You can also include a small fruit cup or pudding for dessert.
Paninos are easily made and kids love them. Sliced ham, prosciutto or salami wrapped around a piece of string cheese makes for a quick, nutritious meal. Include some chips and a cup of grapes or strawberries.
Any type of finger food can be sent with your preschooler for lunch. The key is to keep things nutritious and eliminate a lot of sugary foods that may lead to cavities.
Avoid the food that can harm your child and encourage them to eat healthy foods!
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.