No one sets out to send their kids with unhealthy food. It's just that usually it's easier to throw a pre-packaged, store-bought lunch into a lunchbox.
So let's add a few marks to the healthy food column by looking at six healthy preschool lunch ideas.
1. Healthy Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich
It's like peanut butter and jelly without the peanut butter or jelly.
Take a pita or two soft pieces of whole-wheat bread and spread hummus on one side. Next, slice up cucumbers into thin discs and sprinkle them with a little salt and pepper. Then arrange them into a layer on top of the hummus.
For some variety, switch up the hummus. Consider butternut squash, black bean, edamame, beet, or pea hummus. Best of all, there's no need to microwave or heat it up. You can also add some thinly sliced red peppers or tomatoes.
2. Toddler-Sized Taco Salad
Make up some black beans with a little garlic, onion power, smoked paprika, and garlic salt. Put them in a hot thermos along with cooked brown rice. Include chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado in a separate Tupperware container to be mixed in at lunch time.
3. Raisin Roll-Ups
Start with an 8-inch wheat tortilla and spread a layer of peanut butter on one side. Next, slice up celery into small bites and spread them out over the peanut butter. Add raisins on top of of the celery, roll the tortilla up, and then slice it into one-inch slices, using toothpicks to hold the roll-ups together.
4. Goat Berry Bagel
Spread some goat cheese and all-natural fruit spread on a whole-grain bagel for a quick, easy, and filling lunch. If you want to avoid the jelly, consider slicing up spinach to put in its place.
5. Golden Muffins
Spread almond butter and honey on a toasted English muffin. Next, slice up bananas and layer them on one side of the muffin. Finally, spread some golden raisins on the other side and press them together for a golden muffin sandwich.
6. Mediterranean Yogurt Party
Place a few large dollops of plain Greek yogurt in a Tupperware container with a little honey. In a second smaller container or a little Ziploc bag, include a variety of chopped up nuts and seeds (pistachios or walnuts, and/or sunflower and flax seeds) along with chopped up dried fruits (apricots, raisins, prunes, craisins, etc.).
When your preschool gets to school, she can mix the nuts, seeds, and fruits in with the yogurt for a yummy lunch. Believe it or not, this is a really filling lunch!