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Lunch Ideas For Families Spending More Time At Home

Lunch Ideas For Families Spending More Time At Home
More time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic means more meals are being consumed at home, too. I figured families might be struggling with lunch ideas, given that this meal is most often eaten outside of the home during school and work. Below are quite a few simple, healthy ideas to keep your family going.   

As with all meals, you’ll want to include a protein, grain, vegetable and fruit. Here are some kid-friendly options:

[12px;align-center]Proteins,[align-center;12px]Whole grains,[align-center;12px]Vegetables,[align-center;12px]Fruits|[align-left;12px]Meat: turkey, chicken, roast beef, ham, tuna

Hard boiled egg

Peanut butter or other nut butter

Cottage cheese

Yogurt

Cheese

Beans, hummus,[12px]Whole grain bread or bun

Whole grain tortilla

Whole grain flat bread

Whole grain crackers

Whole grain bagels

Whole grain pasta,[12px]Carrots

Cucumber slices

Celery sticks

Bell pepper slices

Cherry tomatoes

Snap peas,[12px]Apple

Banana

Grapes

Berries

Melons

Kiwi

Oranges

Pineapple

Putting those choices together, here are some ideas:

Lunch Ideas for Families Spending More Time at Home

 

Grilled turkey burger

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Now that the weather’s getting nicer, we don’t have to wait until dinner to grill out! Add a whole grain bun and a fruit and veggie. 

Salad with turkey

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Salad with turkey is the perfect lunch! Add cheese and apple slices on the side and you’ve got a complete meal. 

Homemade “lunchables“

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The options are endless! Add lunch meat and cheese to whole grain crackers. Include a fruit and a vegetable. 

Tuna salad

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Combine tuna salad with whole grain crackers, snap peas, and berries. 

Breakfast for lunch

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Who says you have to eat breakfast in the morning? Scramble up some eggs, add a veggie (and even leftover salmon if you have it!) and throw in a fruit for a perfect change-up to lunch. 

Pasta salad

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Use last night’s pasta to make pasta salad. Add a protein, like chicken, and a vegetable, like broccoli. Include a fruit on the side to round out the meal. 

Chicken sandwich

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Add a chicken breast to a whole wheat bun or bread, with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Include a fruit and veggie of their choice!

Hummus veggie wrap

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Stuff a whole-grain wrap with hummus and all kinds of veggies! Add in their favorite fruit. 

Peanut butter (or seed butter) toast

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Dress up plain toast with peanut butter or a nut-free alternative! Include yogurt for extra protein and a fruit and veggie of their choice. 

Last night’s dinner leftovers

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Leftovers are the best, because all you have to do is re-heat! The picture shows pasta with meat sauce. Make sure to include a fruit and vegetable with a protein and carb. 

Taco bowls

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Use last night’s leftover taco meat for a taco salad or taco bowl for today’s lunch. Include veggies and cheese, as well as a fruit. 

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