When the kids go back to school, traveling moms go back to the lunch box. Here are some tips for making healthy family meals for kids on the go. Yellow school buses already are flooding early morning streets, which means kids are going back to school and traveling moms are going back to the dreaded chore of making school lunches. Traveling moms want their kids to eat healthy family meals at home and we want them to eat healthy lunches as well, whether they buy lunch at school or we make it at home.
Homemade lunches can be quick and easy to make as well as interesting for kids to eat by updating some classic favorites. Try these tips for making healthy family meals for kids on the go.
Turkey Cheese Wraps
This lunch box recipe requires only a couple of minutes to put together. The bonus is that it’s healthy and you get to sneak some greens into lunch time.
1 whole wheat flour tortilla
1 slice provolone cheese (or their favorite cheese)
1 slice of turkey (either fresh or deli-style)
1 rinsed and dried leaf of red lettuce
Condiments of choice are optional
Place the tortilla down first then layer the turkey, cheese and lettuce. My kids prefer their sandwiches dry but a little mayonnaise or some Dijon mustard (or yellow mustard for the less adventurous) goes a long way. Roll the sandwich fairly tight (as if you were rolling a cigar). A toothpick stick through the middle is optional, as I don’t recommend sharp objects in small hands.
PB & J Pita or PB & Banana Pita
There are few children who can resist the appeal of a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This version is a great sandwich for those neatniks who like to keep their hands clean. The secret to keeping your sandwich from getting soggy is to put peanut butter on both sides of the pita.
- 1 whole wheat slice of pita bread
- Jam or jelly of choice
- Natural peanut butter (just say no to hydrogenated oils)
- Sliced banana for alternative sandwich
Cut the pita in half and carefully open the pocket then line both of the insides with a thin layer of peanut butter and then a layer on one side with jelly.
My alternate (a la Elvis) is a more interesting and healthier sandwich that replaces the jelly with slices of banana. Try it and see how well it goes over.
Not Your Ordinary Ham and Cheese
This sandwich is so yummy that your kids will ask for one every week. The Gruyere cheese is a little pricy but it’s worth every penny. If you can’t find Gruyere cheese in your local market a mild cheese such as provolone will work. The secret for this yummy sandwich is in the mustard. My personal favorite is from Stonewall Kitchen. Their Maine Maple Champagne Mustard takes this sandwich to a whole new level.
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- Sliced ham
- Gruyere cheese sliced
- Thinly sliced Fuji apples
- Maine Maple Champagne Mustard
Toast the bread first then spread the mustard and layer the ham and cheese and finally the apples. Toasting the bread means that this sandwich can be made the night before; it won’t get soggy from sitting around. Bon appetite!