Back to school season can be an overwhelming and busy time. We think it’s safe to say most parents and caretakers would agree - it really feels like a juggling act and may take a minute (ok, maybe a few weeks… ) to get into a rhythm.
And then there’s the school lunches and after-school snacks. What to pack for your child so they’re sustained and nourished for 6-8 hours while they’re away? It can be a tough job to find both nutritious options that your child will enjoy.
We’ve come up with a list of some options that are relatively easy to put together (i.e. don’t require a ton of meal prepping) and are kiddo tested and approved. We’ve broken it down into a few key categories: entrees, fruits and veggies, sides & snacks, and treats.
But the packed lunch is just part of the equation - what about when your child comes home ravenous? Keep it simple and try making an easy charcuterie board with some of the below suggestions - it doesn't have to be fancy, you can simply throw crackers or pretzels, cheese (or vegan cheese), fruit slices, veggies sticks, and raw nuts (or a protein of choice) on a cutting board or large plate and let them go to town.
We hope some of these ideas help you and your child have a nourished and energized school year!
Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas
Nut or seed butter and jelly sandwich - does your child’s school have a ban on peanuts? Just use a Dastony butter of choice - cashew, almond, or sprouted sunflower make great alternatives.
Tortilla filled with avocado, sprouts, and cucumber wrap. Add cream cheese or hummus if desired.
Leftover pasta salad - easy to eat and not messy
Fruits and Veg
Celery and Sprouted Sunflower Butter with raisins
Veggie slices - carrots, cucumbers, cherry toms (slice in half for young children at risk of choking) with a side of raw tahini or hummus as dip
Fresh fruit - berries, kiwi, grapes (again, can be sliced in half to minimize choking hazard), clementine orange wedges, a small banana - pick a few to rotate during the week
Sides and Snacks
Healthy Chips - we love Siete - they're grain-free and made with avocado oil instead of canola
Organic yogurt - choose plant-based if dairy-free
Sunbiotics almonds (a protein-rich snack loaded with probiotics!)
Raw sprouted nuts and seeds
Edamame with a dash of soy sauce
Pretzels and Rawmio raw chocolate chunks
Dates with Dastony nut or seed butter filling