EasyLunchBoxes.com creator Kelly Lester stopped by this morning to share her favorite tips for getting kids involved in meal planning, and her TOP lunchtime snacks!
Kelly Lester: “I sure do. The main thing is to get kids involved in planning and preparing food, this way they’re more vested with what they actually eat and who knows- you may actually save some time if you’ve taught them well. But you want to make it easy and fun for them so give them the right tools. I have three daughters and my girls and I love to cut sandwich shapes with cookie cutters. Also everything tastes better when it’s on a stick, so you might want to have them stack fruits and cheeses and lunch meats on colorful skewers- they love that.
So that’s how to get kids all involved and I also don’t want to forget to tell you about my favorite tool in the kitchen- my microwave. This is an Amana Countertop Microwave and it is a big helper on the after school front. The Touchmatic control system makes it super easy for kids to prepare their own snacks after school. It has 1100 watts of power and 10 power levels so it’s good for large and small quantities. And even as simple as microwave popcorn with a variety of toppings- great choice for after school snacks or get-togethers.”
Candace Rose: How about when it comes to packing a nutritious lunch?
Kelly Lester: “Well, the biggest tip is do it the night before. Don’t wait until the morning of, it’s way too stressful. My easy lunchbox system makes it simple to pack lunches fast, you just fill up the compartments, pop on the lid, stack them in the fridge and they’re ready to grab and go in the morning.
Now what I have here is a scoop of tuna, some colorful veggies and this is a really kid-friendly idea for a lunch box- this is a roll-up made with peanut butter or you could use cream cheese. It also has California raisins inside. Now California raisins are a great choice- they’re fat and cholesterol free. They have fiber, potassium, antioxidants; and they provide lots of energy and nutrients. A quarter cup is equivalent to a fruit. They’re not only good for you, but studies show they can help keep you fuller longer than many other snacks.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?