There’s no reason to rely on the same old brown bag lunch every day. Create simple, wholesome recipes and “out of the box” lunches to help beat brown bag lunch boredom. Give yourself and your family more nutritious choices.
Let’s face it, the main staple of most brown bag lunches is a sandwich made with lunch meat. With the new, great tasting healthy ingredients on the market and some fun recipes, you can easily take the boredom out of brown bag lunches.
Give Your Brown Bag Lunch a Healthy Makeover
Use bread alternatives
Prepare sandwiches using a different type of bread each day of the week. Try a flour tortilla, a pita pocket or flatbread. Or ditch the processed white bread and try healthy whole grain bread. Use alternatives to bread, such as lettuce wraps. Or skip the sandwich or wrap idea altogether and make meat and cheese kabobs on toothpicks or small bamboo skewers.
Spice up your sides
Pack imaginative fruit and vegetable sides. Add peanut or almond butter and raisins to celery to build “ants on a log.” Create a dazzling fruit salad by combining three or more colorful, flavorful fruits. Make a multicolored pasta salad from green, orange and red pasta.
Keep it natural
Instead of using lunch meat with preservatives try a more nutritious, great tasting alternative – slices from your own chicken or ham dinner! Slice that leftover ham thin and you have a healthy lunch with no additives. Only have pieces of chicken left? Grind it up in your food processor with a bit of yogurt and you have a yummy spread!
Spread on the love
Rather than mayo or dressing for your sandwiches, try some hummus or mashed avocado! Either one will add delicious flavor and an extra dimension to the same old boring sandwich. Not to mention, they are much healthier for you 🙂
Soup and salad
Sick of sandwiches? Why not upgrade your brown bag lunch with some soup or a salad? It’s easy to make some soup on the weekend and freeze small amounts to enjoy later. Simply pop the soup into a large cup and heat it in the microwave at work! Or create small salads that you can grab ‘n go before rushing out the door. Pack them full of greens, veggies, fruit or even whole grains. It’s an easy way to get in some of your daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Add some fun
There are other ways, besides switching up ingredients, to add some fun to your child’s lunch. Try putting an entertaining trivia question or educational fun fact on the lunch bag. Throw in stickers, a toy or an easy game. Use something besides the basic brown bag to hold the lunch, such as a lunch box or brightly colored sack.
Need More Ideas?
Do you have any other brown bag lunch ideas you’d like to share or lunch recipes you are looking for? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to speak with you.
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!