Packing a healthy lunch for your child can help him or her power through
schoolwork and fight off infections that can run rampant in the classroom.
School lunches don’t have to take a lot of time to pack to be healthy,
and all it takes is a little bit of creativity to make sure your little
one cleans his or her plate. Avoid pediatric visits and the need for
emergency care by making healthy lunches, like these, part of your child’s school day.
You might be surprised by how easy it is to get your child to eat vegetables
if you dress them up in a sub. Create sub rolls by cutting up a large
baguette, and scoop some of the bread out of each side to create pockets.
Fill up these pockets with vegetables your child loves, such as tomatoes,
spinach, artichoke hearts, onions, and peppers. Olives and pepperoncini
can also add flavor. Sprinkle with some oil and vinegar and some oregano.
For older kids, you can pack the ingredients separately and let them assemble
the sandwich themselves at lunchtime.
Ham and Cheese Wraps
It’s easy to make a standard sandwich more exciting by switching
from bread to a wrap. Use a plain wheat sandwich wrap or try one of the
flavored varieties, and fill it with ham, cheese, mustard, and mayo. You
can try many different variations on this theme by changing the meat,
cheese, and condiments. Add some extra vegetables to the wrap, if desired.
Calzones are an easy way to bring the flavors of pizza to school. Use refrigerated
pizza dough and wrap up your child’s favorite ingredients, like
low-fat cheese, lean proteins, vegetables, and pizza sauce. Bake until
the crust is golden and slice when it has cooled for a few minutes. Alternatively,
you can make mini calzones that can be packed without slicing. Allow the
calzone to cool completely before packing it in your child’s lunchbox.
At MountainView Hospital, we’re committed to your entire family’s
health through all stages of life. From our pediatrics and emergency care
to our heart hospital, stroke care, and robotic surgery, good health starts at our
Las Vegas hospital. If you need a referral to one of our physicians, please call (702) 233-5300.