The school year gets busy quickly, so it can be hard to find time to prepare nutritious lunches. However, putting together a healthy, well-rounded meal doesn’t have to be difficult. To make school day mornings easier, the doctors of Morris Park Medical Center in the Bronx want to share a few fun and nourishing meal ideas your kids will love.
Fill a whole-wheat tortilla with black beans, salsa, avocado, and grilled chicken to create a healthy, filling burrito. Doctors recommend packing fresh watermelon wedges for a refreshing lunchbox treat.
For a fun, swirly take on a classic lunch, serve flavorful pinwheels. If your child loves deli meats like turkey and low-sodium ham, wrap the meat, lettuce, and Dijon mustard in a whole-grain tortilla, then slice the roll into small segments. Encourage your kids to eat more vegetables by filling the tortilla with hummus, tomato slices, and lettuce. Don’t forget to top off their lunch with some baby carrots, crunchy vegetable chips, and sweet grapes.
Nut Butter & Banana Sandwiches
While many children love peanut butter and jelly, some schools advise against packing the sandwich due to allergy concerns. For a tasty alternative, consider a sunflower or almond butter and sliced bananas on whole-grain bread. Serve with some yogurt topped with berries and a side of grape tomatoes.
Quick & Delicious Rice
Cook up some brown rice with green peas, chickpeas, and shredded chicken or beef. Then, add your favorite seasonings. This rice can be enjoyed hot or cold, meaning you can enjoy it for dinner one night and pack up the leftovers for lunch. Include fresh berries and black bean tortilla chips for a well-rounded meal.
School lunches don’t have to be boring—experiment with fresh fruits and vegetables to create colorful, delicious meals. To learn more about protecting your child’s health, consult the pediatric doctors at Morris Park Medical Center. To schedule an appointment with a health care provider, call (718) 664-7679. For more information about the walk-in clinic, visit their website.