Your kid is tired of turkey sandwiches and your school has banned peanut butter. Now what? Try these plant-based protein sources your kid will love: almond or soy butter, cheese, hummus, edamame, nuts, tofu, beans, seeds and tempeh. A great way to add a little fun to the protein section of your child’s lunch is by cutting an almond butter sandwich or cheese with fun-shaped cookie cutters. Kids will also find it fun to find a neat little container in their lunch box filled with nuts, seeds, beans or edamame.
Whole grains provide fiber and B vitamins that kids need, and are a much better choice than nutrient-poor refined grains. Opt for whole grain bread, tortillas or pita for sandwiches or pack whole grain crackers. Or pack granola, corn, whole grain pasta, couscous, quinoa or brown rice. Give whole grains a fun twist adding a little unexpected sweetness. Add organic vanilla yogurt to granola for a sweet treat, or add a yummy dip or small container of honey to sweeten up pita slices, crackers or tortilla triangles.
We bet your kids would agree that veggies are more fun to eat when dunked in a tasty dip. Carrots, olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes taste delicious with a homemade organic ranch dip for example. Celery is great when paired with peanut butter and raisins. Sweet potato slices are delicious when dipped in a little tempura sauce. And a great way to incorporate many of these veggies into your kid’s lunch box is by making them into a tangy coleslaw.
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