If you will be sending lunches and snacks with your child when they go to preschool, you may be wondering what your options are. Here are some ideas for preschool lunches and snacks that taste great and give your child the nutrition they need for a successful day.
Fresh fruits and vegetables
While dried fruit can seem ideal to include in your child’s lunchbox, they can be high in sugar and lead to sticky fingers. It’s best to stick to fresh options, such as carrots, apple slices, and even cooked vegetables left over from dinner.
Egg salad sandwich
This is an easy and kid-friendly sandwich that can be prepared the night before, when you have more time. Simply hard-boil some eggs, and mash with mayonnaise. This sandwich is highly customizable, and you can make adjustments based on what your child likes. You may also want to include diced celery, lettuce, or mustard.
Muffins are the ideal portable snack, but they don’t have to be loaded with sugar. Pureeing fruits and vegetables is an ideal way to help your picky eater enjoy healthy muffins. Get the recipe for Power Packed Fruit and Veggie Muffins here.
Breakfast for lunch
If your family enjoyed pancakes, French toast, or waffles for breakfast on the weekend, they can be repurposed into a lunch your child will enjoy. Simply cut them up into strips and include applesauce or yogurt for dipping. You can also make a double batch of pancakes, French toast, or waffles, and keep them in the freezer for a quick mid-week lunch.
Healthy preschool lunches and snacks can be interesting for your child and easy for you. These four ideas are quick and easy building blocks for a well-rounded preschool lunch that includes healthy protein, dairy, and carbohydrates.