So, here we are at the beginning of the school year. Honestly, I don’t know if I’m ready to start packing interesting, healthful lunches again. I mean, how many turkey sandwich/applesauce/cheese stick/chips lunches can a kid eat? How can I keep it interesting and healthy? How can I be sure they eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day?
To make it easier to plan and to help my kids make their OWN healthy choices, I made up a chart. On it, I have three categories: fruits, vegetables, and proteins. There are six boxes for each category. On Sunday, I fill in the chart with their choices. They then choose their favorite 3 or 4 items from each category (by putting their initial by the items they want that week). They have now made their own choices and I know what to buy for the week! I always add a small sweet or salty treat (popcorn, graham crackers, a small piece of chocolate or a few m&m’s, pretzels, rice cakes, organic chips, etc.)
If you’d like a copy of my chart and a blank chart for you to use, please send me an email! I’m happy to send it to you!