So you and your kids are all pretty tired of the peanut butter and jelly
sandwich, but you have very little time in the mornings and with all your
other responsibilities, you just don’t have the energy to think
about school lunches. What you need is a little inspiration to turn dull
lunches into fun for everyone.
The brain consumes 20% of your calorie intake. Your kid’s attention
span, focus and ability to reason will be vastly improved when their brains
have enough fuel to fire on all cylinders. Avoid food high in sugar content
and opt for foods with protein, carbohydrate and high fiber content.
Chicken and fruit sandwich
This sandwich is healthy, contains everything your child needs in a nutritious
lunch and its yummy too!
1 cup roasted chicken breast cut into squares (skin removed)
2 spinach leaves
1/2 pink or white grapefruit
1 Red Delicious apple
1/2 cup seedless green grapes
Dash of poppy seed salad dressing
Chop up spinach leaves and place in bowl with the diced chicken. Scoop
the grapefruit out of the skin and cut the apple into chunks. Toss in
the grapes and salad dressing and mix. Spoon onto the bread of your choice
to make a sandwich.
Turkey melon wraps
Substituting wraps for bread is one of the easiest ways to give your sandwiches
some pizzazz. This turkey and melon wrap provides your student with the
carbohydrates, fruit and protein they need to get them through the day.
2 tbsp. horseradish sauce
6 large lettuce leaves
12 ounces thinly sliced turkey breast
Cut melon into squares and use a spoon to scoop it out of the skin.
Lay wrap on the table and spread the horseradish sauce liberally over
the top. Place lettuce, melon and turkey in the wrap and fold the bottom
up, then roll the wrap. Cut the wrap in half so that it’s easier
A mix of protein, carbohydrates and fruit is a perfectly balanced meal
that will give your students all the energy and nutrients they need to
make it through the school day. If your students are reticent to eat fruit,
try new varieties like watermelon, pineapple or litchi. You can also cut
the fruit into fun shapes or animals to make it more interesting. For
example, slice a piece of apple, and then use a cookie cutter to press
out shapes, or a paring knife to create shapes of your own design. Splash
the apple with lemon juice to prevent it from browning.