Organic and Green Meals for Kids Series: Part Two – Lunch

By Brooke Drake, September 22, 2015, Green, Recipes

Organic and Green Meals for Kids Series: Part Two - LunchAs the new school year begins, we all want to ensure our kids eat the right foods to fuel their brains and body for optimal learning and activities. But between a supermarket packed with sugar, preservatives, and artificial components and our busy lives that stress flash over substance, it’s easy to forget to feed our kids good stuff. Throughout our “Organic and Green Meals for Kids” series, we’ll introduce you to recipes, foods, and ideas that will please even the pickiest eaters in your family.

Packing a school lunch can be difficult. For me, as soon as I find something healthy my kids like, they sense it and then boom – they immediately grow tired of it. I’m then forced once again to find something new they’ll eat that’s even remotely healthy. So over the years, I have found a few solid go-to’s for lunch that are healthy, easy, and best of all liked by kids. While they won’t be published on Food Network anytime soon, they bridge the gap between picky eaters and healthy lunch options.

Organic and Green Meals for Kids Series: Part Two - LunchPeanut Butter & Jelly 

While this is a not an earth-shattering idea, it’s a great fallback now that more grocery stores carry organic and all-natural peanut butter as well as all natural jellies. Many classrooms prohibit peanuts in their classrooms due to allergies, so if that’s the case, you can substitute for sunflower seed butter (I use the SunButter brand) or almond butter (I use the Justin’s brand). They have about the same consistency, but won’t affect kids with peanut allergies.

Lastly, THE best thing about peanut butter sandwiches is they can be made in bulk on Sunday night and kept in the freezer for the week. Take one out each night, place in the refrigerator to thaw, pack in the lunch the next day, and kids have no idea! They’re happy with the taste, and I’m happy with the health AND ease levels.

Organic and Green Meals for Kids Series: Part Two - LunchTortilla Roll-Ups

These are easy-to-make, and the ingredients can be altered depending on the child. For my kids, I take an organic flour tortilla and spread just a little bit of mayonnaise on it. Then I shred some spinach and sprinkle it on top, add some turkey and an all-natural cheese slice, and then wrap it up.

I prefer Boar’s Head Ovengold roasted turkey, which is free of all preservatives, and low in sodium and other artificial components. For the times when we’re at home, I’ll place the roll-up on ahot Panini press, which my daughter especially loves. For my youngest child, I slice the roll-up into smaller circles to make “pinwheels” – which are also a hit.

Organic and Green Meals for Kids Series: Part Two - LunchItalian Panini

This is a creative play on a ham and cheese sandwich – and way more delicious. Substitute the ham for an Italian meat called Mortadella or an Italian Salami. I use the Applegate brand, which offers all-natural Italian meats as well as other organic meat products. Layer fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and thinly sliced organic tomatoes on some fresh French bread. If you’re serving lunch at home, toast the sandwich or place on a panini press if you have one. The mozzarella melts and the tomatoes cook enough to please even those picky eaters.

Do you have any tried-and-true organic lunch ideas that your kids love? Share with us in the comments!

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