My friend, that I mentioned, and I are both severely overweight. The summer going into my senior year I knew something needed to be changed. With the recession in hand (lunches cost $3) and my own health to worry about, I decided that I would pack my lunch the whole school year.
- Divvy up veggies and fruits the night before or, even better, divvy up a whole week’s worth on the weekend.
- Worry about the sandwich in the morning.
- Place all non-perishables in lunchbox the day before.
- PB and J’s are freezable! Make a few and freeze just in case you are limited on time in the morning. Make with 100% whole wheat, low sugar jelly, and natural peanut butter (Smucker’s is good)
- Replace fruit snacks with fruit leather for a treat. They’re made with real fruit and not as much sugar.
- Add a little variety and invest in a good thermos to pack pretty much anything that’s hot.
- Switch up sandwiches. Try wraps or pitas or other breads (rye, pumpernickel….). PB&J go great on rye or Dark German bread.
- Break from the ‘piece’ of fruit to a fruit salad. Cut up any fruit laying around the house and add 1 tbs lemon juice and 1 tbs water.
- No time to make fruit salad? Keep a few cans of fruit cocktail around. Strain the juice and rinse with water if the can says in “heavy” or “light” syrup. Dilute if 100% juice is the sweetener.
- Add a small container of light ranch dressing for veggie dipping.
- Let kids help pack so you know what foods they’d want. Give them categories to pick from.
- Invest in a aluminum or stainless steel water bottle. Fill with juice in the morning and have him/her fill up at the water fountain when they run out.
- Buy a large container of yogurt instead of the smaller ones. They can mix in cut up fruit or granola.
- Don’t forget the golden rule of packing lunch. Keep cold things cold and hot things hot.
I credit my good grades that year to a good on-the-go breakfast and a healthy lunch. What are your own lunch ideas?