A healthy lunch can make all the difference at the office and they’re also important for our kids’ health as well. With more than one-third of American children and adolescents being overweight or obese, it’s important for us to be concerned with what our children eat. Packing our kids a homemade lunch can help lower their stress. Here are some stress-busting school lunches that will make your children happier and healthier.
Stress-busting School Lunches
Listed below are three mindful stress-busting school lunches ideas.
Wrap Lunch Meals
Wheat wraps offer numerous possibilities for school lunches. For the main dish, try fish tacos stuffed with cheese, lettuce, avocado, and salmon, which is packed with stress-reducing Omega-3 fatty acids. As a side dish try making crisps from toasted tortillas and homemade guacamole (avocado has potassium that lowers stress). For dessert consider packing sweet quesadillas made with bananas and dulce de leche topped with honey and berries (which can help relieve stress).
“Dippable” Lunch Meals
For a warm, tasty lunch, try making red bell pepper and tomato soup. Red bell peppers have antioxidants that reduce stress. You can also make grilled tomato and cheese sandwiches for the kids to dip in the soup. For a side dish consider making hummus and pack stress-reliving veggies like broccoli for the kids to dip with. For a dessert consider a smoothie. Ingredients like berries, bananas and apple juice can help relieve stress and help keep them feeling full. Consider pouring it in a thermos will keep it chilled until lunch.
Sweet Lunch Meals
For a main dish, consider making a sweet sandwich made from strawberries and cream cheese. Strawberries are full of antioxidants that can help lower stress. As a side dish consider mixing Greek yogurt with stress-reducing nuts and berries like raspberries, blueberries, almonds, or walnuts. The antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids will help your kids relax. For dessert consider making homemade fruit rolls. All that’s need are dried fruit (dried apricots can help reduce stress), water, a blender, a baking sheet, and an oven to make the fruit rolls.