“I’ll trade you my bologna sandwich for your peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
Admit it. You’ve been there. You’ve traded a lunch item or two during your days in school. It’s almost a childhood rite of passage to do lunchroom food swaps. Yet, as we all become more diligent in trying to eat healthier, our kiddos’ fun lunchroom food trades can be counter-productive to our long-term goals.
To prevent a trade for not-so-healthy food, pack lunches that are so scrumptiously, delicious kiddos won’t even think about trading. How in the world do you do that? Well, you will actually need to do a few swaps. But have no fear. Your Glass Doctor professionals are making a house call just for you with 5 easy tips to help you make an “it’s mine” kind of lunch that’s just too tasty to trade.
Tip 1 – Swap bread for a whole grain pita or wrap.
Ham and Cheese Pitas from Good Housekeeping
Tip 2 - Swap chips for flatbread crisps or pita crisps.
Parmesan Pita Chips from Good Housekeeping
Tip 3 - Swap processed sweets for homemade goodies.
No Bake Cookies from Eating Well
Cocoa Nut Bananas from Eating Well
Tip 4 - Swap prepackaged trail mixes for custom snack mixes.
Snack Mix Recipes from Cooking Light
Tip 5 - Swap sugary juices and sodas for naturally flavored waters.
How to Make Healthy Flavored Water at Home from Greatist
Try out these swaps for a week and see what happens. Lunchtime trades may just become a thing of the past. Make sure to let us know if you come up with your own swap.