Looking for a way to make lunches interesting and simple?
Quick but not Boring
Things have been busy around here and I’ve got to admit lunches have been sliding. We were in a rut of hot dogs, sunbutter and jelly sandwiches and lunch meat roll ups. Quick and easy, but pretty boring and not real healthy.
The more I read about the serious health problems associated with Nutrition Deficit Disorder – a phrase coined by Dr. Sears in his book The N.D.D. Book: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, and Healt (affilaite) the more I decided it was time for a change. We had to get out of our rut, start eating better lunches, and it HAD to be simple or I wouldn’t be able to make it happen.
Lunch Meal Plan Printable
Use this blank school lunch menu template to plan lunches for the week.
I made this lunch meal planning template based it on a restaurant here in town that has this great kids menu where the kids pick one item from each category. You can print it out and write ideas in each of the squares. Then just mix and match, choosing something from each square for your lunches.
The categories are pretty self explanatory, and I hope will work for most people’s idea of a healthy lunch. I use “Main Meal” to mean the heartiest part of the lunch, something that includes some protein and hopefully has some “staying power.” The “Extras” Category I use for grains, treats or chips, just “extra” type stuff.
Here is my list of 20+ Real Food Lunch Ideas to get you started!
OK – Now what’s YOUR go-to lunch? You might be tired of it, but I’d love to know what your staples are to see if they give me any new ideas!