Having healthy lunch with you can be incredibly rewarding when you’re out and about with kids. Whether you spend the day at the zoo or fly to your family’s summer vacation destination, on-the-go lunch options typically range from gas station apple to outrageously overpriced airport sandwich to greasy roller hot dogs rotating since morning. Yes, it does take some extra planning to pack a healthy lunch for the kids, but not having to resort to what happens to be available for purchase right where you are the minute those hunger pangs hit is well worth the effort. And if you involve the kids in preparing their healthy picnic lunch, it might well turn into a fun activity that naturally will become part of your routine before leaving the house. And did I mention all the cash you could save?
White Bean Wraps
The beautiful colors of avocado, red cabbage and carrots make this wrap almost too beautiful to eat — but the flavorful aroma and rich taste (full of vegetable protein) guarantees an empty lunchbox at the end of the day.
Fruity Chicken Kebabs
By skewering kid-friendly strawberries and grapes with lean chunks of chicken, we create a colorful lunch meal. Round out the lunch a mini whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese or a slice of low-fat cheese.
Peanut Butter Apple Wraps
A perfect high-protein lunch meal for an active day. For even more crunch, add a sprinkle of granola into each wrap before rolling it up. Sunbutter is a healthy, delicious peanut butter substitute for kids with nut allergies.
These pocket pastries originated with miners in Cornwall, England as a meat stew in a self-contained edible pastry shell, no forks or knives required. As Cornish miners emigrated around the world, their pasties took hold in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Minnesota. This vegetarian pasty, is perfect for lunches on the go as it tastes great cold, too.
Raw Veggies with Homemade Hummus Dip
In a pinch you can buy hummus, but it’s so easy and quick to make you’ll wonder why you ever bought it in the first place. Homemade hummus can be enjoyed with anything from fresh raw veggies to crackers or baked pita triangles. Use dried chick peas for the most flavorful hummus.
As health-conscious parents, what’s go-to healthy lunch for on the go?