I always talk about being more creative when keeping with a more healthier meal plan for both moms and kids. For kids, creativity is key, but being creative while not being too different from what they are used to, is the hard part. Here are three standard lunch favorites made healthier.
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
You can’t get anymore standard than the ol’ PB&J. While we usually use peanut butter high in sugar content, why not use an all-natural peanut butter (or any other all-natural nut butter)? All-natural peanut butters have no added sugars and are made with only peanuts and an oil, usually flaxseed or palm oil. For your jelly, use a one that contains 100% fruit and no high-fructose corn syrup. Two easy changes that will go virtually unnoticed.
2. Turkey Sandwich
Using lean, low or no-fat turkey meat with mustard, which contains zero sugars and zero fats with whole grain bread, makes this sandwich a great option for a lunch time main item.
3. Kid-Approved Chicken Salad
Using chunky bits of leftover chicken mixed with Greek yogurt, raisins or dried cranberries, shredded carrots and sliced almonds mixed together and served in a whole grain pita-bread pocket is a great alternative to chicken or tuna salad with crackers.
Don’t be afraid to take chances and have fun with food. The kids will love it and love you for making delicious and nutritious meals for them everyday.
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[As originally submitted to ThisFitsMe.com on Oct. 11, 2014]