I don't mean take three lunches. (Though, if you can take a mid-morning snack, a lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack that's great. However, not all schools allow a place and time for snacks.)
Here's what I do mean: a reader asked for ideas for healthy lunch options for her son going back to school. My response: Powerful Plate, of course. A whole-sprouted-grain bread sandwich with chicken or turkey (no nitrates or junk), lots of cut veggies with hummus or peanut butter, and fruit. But a year of just that would get boring and the ice cream bin at school would become a very tempting substitute.
So, I reached out to some friends and got three great takes (hence the "Take Three") on Healthy School Lunches and Snacks. One of the coolest things I noticed -- there is a lot of overlap PLUS a lot of individualization, depending on likes/dislikes and personal schedules. Just the way it is supposed to be.
Enjoy (and personalize) their ideas --
"I do try to have fresh fruit in my kids' lunches, and buy lots of healthy protein bars for snacks- I'll mix a big salad and put it in separate containers for the week and add dressing the morning of and mix. I buy whole grain bread and make sandwiches and I do cheese and crackers a lot, string cheese, and peanut butter or ranch dressing and carrots. (My girl likes pb and my boy likes ranch) I also do yogurt a lot for snacks and lunches. And I actually feed my kids a full meal after school, because they both have sports until later in the evening. So after sports they will snack." Thanks for sharing...Christine Carter at TheMomCafe.com
"From Pinterest I make batches of healthy breakfast cookies. There's all kinds of recipes. And then I send one or two with each of my kids to eat when they get hungry. Could be snack time for my young ones or after school on the bus for the older ones. They decide. It's homemade, healthy, and tasty. They loved it!" Thanks for sharing...Lois Pearson at SunnysideWoman.com
"I provide my kids with healthy snacks to have during school time, and they only bring water to drink. I make their lunches so I know they're eating healthy. They have lunchmeat that qualifies for the heart check program, whole wheat bread, baked chips, yogurt or fruit." Thanks for sharing...Brenda Melendez at brendalovessharing.com
The other thing I noticed...all of these ideas work for adults, too. Prep ahead the salad, make the breakfast cookies, and toss in some yogurt and fruit.
Share what you do for healthy lunches.