It’s back to school time and that means time to get ready with these easy protein rich lunchbox ideas! This post is sponsored by the Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper Media. All opinions are my own.
It’s almost time for school to start and I’m already thinking about how I can organize myself to make our mornings run smoother. My son always wants to take his lunch and so if I’m prepared we are off to a good start.
Recently my family met with a nutritional counselor and she stressed the importance of a balanced lunch for my son. She emphasized lots of protein, good carbs and fats. So today I am sharing with you some of my easy protein rich lunchbox ideas so you too can be prepared for your back to school lunches.
Why is Protein good for kids?
Protein is very important for a child’s development. It helps them build, maintain and replace tissues in their body. Their muscles, organs and immune system are mostly made up of protein so providing a good protein rich lunchbox is one way to keep your kids strong.
Meat the complete protein
Meat is a natural protein that contains beneficial amounts of iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin B12. It is also a complete protein in that it contains all the amino acids necessary for good health. So when I want to add more protein to my son’s lunchbox I try to use meat and it’s something that he really likes.
Nutritional carbs and fats for kids
For my son’s lunch I like to keep to fruits and vegetables for carbs because they are full of fiber and beneficial nutrients. Some of the veggies we eat are carrots, celery, broccoli, snow peas and green beans.
For fats, I like dips such as hummus and Greek yogurt. You can eat the yogurt as is or dip fruit in it. And the hummus is great with the veggies. These dips along with nut butters offer nutritional fats plus protein so that’s an added bonus! Avocados are also a good fat to try.
protein rich foods for lunchboxes
I don’t know about your kids but my son really likes his protein. He loves beef jerky sticks and cottage cheese. Meatballs and roast beef rollups are easy to eat lunchbox items too. Here are some more easy protein ideas for your lunchbox below.
Don’t forget After school protein snacks
Though we are talking about protein rich lunchbox ideas, many of the foods you eat for lunch also make great after school snacks. I know my son has a very early lunch time so when he comes home from school he is starving. Here are some more snack-like recipes that your kids will love: gyro meat crackers, bacon cheeseburger waffles and mini Mexican meatzas.
Well I hope you enjoyed these protein rich ideas for your child’s lunchbox. Sometimes I forget how much energy they expend at school and that they need to replenish before, during and after school.
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Easy Protein Rich Lunchbox Ideas
It's back to school time and that means time to get ready with these easy protein rich lunchbox ideas!
- 1 oz beef jerky stick
- 1/4 cup plain hummus
- 1/2 cup snow peas
- 4 baby carrots
- 1/2 cup apple slices
- 1 low fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup dry roasted, unsalted almonds
Assemble and refrigerate.
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