Children’s meals can be balanced out in a variety of ways. Talk with your child about which foods they prefer when planning their meals for school. It is important to include a variety of healthy foods and to consider their unique eating habits, likes, dislikes and appetite. There are different ways you can plan out meals/snacks for school breaks depending on your child’s needs.
- Check with your school for a list of foods that cannot be sent to school with your child due to food allergies.
Examples of balanced meals for school breaks:
Beverage: Provide children with water or milk at each school break. Learn more here - Health drink choices.
||Pizza (vegetables) or Cucumber slices
||Pizza (whole wheat)
||Pizza (cheese or chicken)|
|Tortilla Wrap (spinach and shredded carrot)
||Tortilla Wrap (whole grain or whole wheat)
||Tortilla Wrap (hummus or bean spread)|
|Sandwich (tomato slices and lettuce)
||Sandwich (whole grain or whole wheat toast)
||Sandwich (cheese or lean turkey or chicken breast)|
||Apple slices or Berries
||Granola mix (whole grain oats)
||Granola mix (nuts and seeds)|
|Fruit & Oat Muffins (blueberry or banana)
||Fruit & Oat Muffins (whole grain oats)
||Fruit & Oat Muffins (eggs)|
- Put each meal into separate bags and label them “Break One” and “Break Two”. This will help your children to understand which foods have been packed for which break.
- Make it simple. Make lunches and snacks the night before instead of during a hectic morning.
- Pack your pantry with lunch friendly foods. Apple sauce is a great treat to keep on hand.