Keep things interesting by substituting a healthy salad for your kid’s usual lunch.
A delicious salad featuring your child’s favorite vegetables is a nice alternative to the good ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Many kids, however, won’t touch a salad that hasn’t been doused with dressing, which can make the meal soggy.
Avoid soggy salads with a GladWare To Go lunch container. The salad dressing travels in a special cup that snaps into the lid and keeps it separate from the salad until your child is ready to add it. Try it with one of these delicious dishes:
Athlete Food Greek salad
Mom and professional triathlete Rebeccah Wassner knows what wholesome foods are needed to power her body. Together with her twin sister Laurel, she shares favorite recipes and fabulous tips on the Athlete Food section of their Wassner Twins blog.
Wassner likes her food editor’s version of the traditional Greek salad. “This is the salad to make if you want to pack a week’s worth of vegetables into one bowl,” she jokes. Along with the plentiful vegetables are feta cheese, olives, anchovies and more. Now that’s a power punch!
Strawberry mandarin orange chopped salad
Get your kid to eat spinach by adding some strawberries and oranges! The flavorful recipe from Ceri Wilkin’s RecipeDoodle blog combines fruits and greens for a colorful, kid-approved lunch salad.
And no salad is complete without the right dressing. Wilkins also shares her recipe for an amazing honey dressing that’s the perfect tasty complement!
Roasted beet salad
Have salad, will travel. Portable salads work for Jennifer Fontaine, editor and blogger at MommyHiker.com. Her super-easy beet salad features walnuts and Gorgonzola and takes just 5 minutes to prepare. And it’s easy to pack — in fact, Fontaine has taken it along on a number of family camping trips!
Chicken Parmesan salad
What kid wouldn’t love a salad featuring crispy chicken tenders? Spoonful, a Disney-sponsored family blog, shares a delightful idea for a chicken Parmesan salad that packs up nicely for a take-to-school lunch. Marinated mozzarella, breaded chicken tenders and mixed salad greens combine for a nutritious, kid-pleasing lunch.