How to Make a Healthy Lunch Your Kid Will WANT to Eat

by Melissa on August 9, 2010

Now, Patrick and I don’t usually disagree about things. But if you’ve gotten the chance to listen to Tandem Teaching’s  free course on How to Get Your Child (and Yourself) Ready to Go Back To School, you know we didn’t exactly see eye to eye on the whole school lunch thing.

Finding ways to make sure your kiddo is eating a healthy lunch and not ingesting artificial dyes is something we all feel passionately about. We see amazing changes in kids social, emotional, and academic growth in a few short days when they start eating the healthy way. I just know how strapped working parents are for time, and some of the suggestions that Patrick was giving to ensure your kiddo eats healthy at school didn’t completely feasible.

Packing a healthy lunch is imperative, but it also needs to be manageable.

Luckily, I found a great article where Kit Bennet lays out great steps on how to “plan and prepare” ahead of time to make lunches your kids won’t want to trade. And, by following the steps laid out by the folks at Amazing Moms, you can set up an easy system to make sure that your child is digesting the foods you want them to.

We’d love to hear if any of these strategies work for you. We’d also love to hear any tricks you have up your sleeve that work with your kids when it comes to eating the food they should. As always, I hope today’s tip is helpful for you and your kiddos!

Melissa is the founder of Tandem Teaching and teaches in the inner-city. She blogs weekly about tips parents can implement to enhance their connection with their children and ways to bring out their children’s inherent gifts. Contact her for a private consulting session.


Megan August 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

My favorite site for school lunches is Leo’s Lunchbox
Leo and his mom have come up with a bunch of different options he can make himself (most are diabetic and hypoglycemic friendly, and they are often vegetarian). They use one of those Japanese bento boxes that has little container dividers. I am hypoglycemic and mom actually found this site for me since I hate cooking.
All the lunches they show can be made in 10 minutes or less and easily, I think Leo might be in fifth grade.
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Queenie August 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I love the “EWW, Gross mom!” section, its so true…