47 0 0 0 13 6. Quick kids lunches a healthier lunch box by following these clever formulas.
Our clever lunch box formulas will please even the pickiest of eaters, no added sugar or excess sodium required. Each one is built around a key nutrition principle: Mix a lean protein with whole grains and fresh garden goods, then add a sensible treat. Our healthier ranch dressing—made with buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and a touch of mayo—doubles as a dip for both the pizzadilla and veggies. Unsweetened applesauce provides a sweet fix without added sugar. Smoked almonds and dried cranberries guarantee plenty of flavor.
An apple satisfies your crunchy cravings, and chocolate kisses are perfectly-portioned sweets. Keep your numbers in check by recreating the handheld staple at home. Look for deli meat brands with “lower sodium” or “no salt added” on the labeling, and go light on the cheese. Our healthier spin on the much-loved classic sandwich subs in one mini whole-wheat bagel. Here, rotisserie chicken, sliced almonds, and a hard-boiled egg make for a powerful protein trio.
Save on calories and fat by opting for a simple oil-and-vinegar vinaigrette. Portion each serving into wide-mouth canning jars ahead of time, so you can grab one on the way out the door in the morning. We go from stacked to rolled by trading traditional white bread for a whole-wheat wrap. Guacamole is a tasty stand-in that feels just as indulgent as mayo.