Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas Can Help Multitasking Parents

Parents and kids making lunch

Parents suddenly working from home because of the COVID-19 face some additional daytime duties — substitute teacher, conflict negotiator and dietitian.

MU Health Care can’t help with the math or sibling disputes, but we do have some ideas about healthy lunches that even picky little eaters will enjoy.

Hallee Mitchell and Sherly Cherian, registered dietitians at MU Health Care, created a menu for 10 kid-friendly lunches using a total of 17 ingredients.

Here’s what you need

  • Deli turkey
  • Shredded cheese
  • Clementine
  • Celery
  • Peanut butter
  • Bread
  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Ranch dressing
  • Low-fat Greek yogurt
  • Tuna (three pouches)
  • Salad (two kits)
  • Bananas
  • Crackers
  • Flour tortillas
  • Hummus
  • Low-fat milk

To make these 10 lunches

  1. (1) Toast with peanut butter, topped with strawberries
    Celery and carrots with ranch dressing
    Yogurt
  2. (2) Tuna taco with cheese
    Half salad kit
    Banana
  3. (3) Half salad kit with tuna added
    Strawberries Crackers
    Yogurt
  4. (4) Cheese quesadilla
    Half salad kit
    Strawberries
  5. (5) Tuna packet with crackers
    Carrots with hummus
    Yogurt topped with strawberries
  6. (6) Half salad kit
    Toast with peanut butter
    Eight ounces of milk
  7. (7) Peanut butter and banana on a tortilla
    Carrots and celery with ranch dressing
    Crackers
    Eight ounces of milk
  8. (8) Yogurt with banana
    Crackers Turkey and cheese rollup
    Carrots and hummus
  9. (9) Yogurt with peanut butter
    Turkey and cheese with crackers
    Celery with ranch dressing Clementine
  10. (10) Toast with peanut butter, topped with strawberries
    Celery and carrots with ranch dressing
    Yogurt
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