This summer our family has been going through major changes about our attitude towards food and what we eat. These changes were brought about because of some health issues my husband and daughters have been struggling with. Even more recently, I’m on my own food jourey to improve my health as well because after coming off a 5 day juice fast, I discovered I may have certain food intolerances which have greatly caused me to feel sick and tired, a lot.
With all that said, we’ve been eating better as a family. The biggest change we’ve been making around here is eating more whole foods in their raw state all through the day and it’s working. We still bake the occasional sweets but we’re mainly enjoying the bounty of eating local, seasonal, and ripe fruit in the Pacific Northwest.
With school starting in a month I’ve been consciously thinking about what school lunches will look like for my kids in the fall. Carrying on our new healthier eating habits through the school year, my goal is for my kids to enjoy eating more whole foods. Strategies I’m implimenting now as they adjust to eating far more raw vegetables than they are used to (because they have no problems eating raw fruit) is to cut the vegetables in different shapes and arranging them in fun and creative ways.
I discovered my older daughter will eat raw vegetables if I cut them in thin slices. Reading plenty of books and articles about nutrition, my goal is to focus on feeding my kids different colored fruits and vetetables. In essence, my goal is to feed them a rainbow. This strategy gives them a variety of fruits and vegetables with different tastes and textures to keep their taste buds satisfied.
For lunches, my goal is to feed them at least a cup of both fruits and vegetables.
You could easily cut different fruits and vegetables and serve them according to the colors of the rainbows. For my fruit plate above I have strawberries, peaches, bananas, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and thinly cut apples cut in the shapes of clouds. Cute, huh? Just a little bit of each one goes a very long way. The same goes for a vegetable plate. Cutting vegetables in thin slices or sticks gives it a French fry / potato chip type of visual appeal. Serve it with a side of hummus or ranch dressing and your kids will be satisfied.
Another great option for lunch is to make a rainbow inspired veggie hummus wrap. Spread a generous amount of hummus on a tortilla. Remove the thick rib from a few kale leaves. Layer the kale on top of the hummus followed by the veggies. Roll the vegetable wrap and cut it in half.
Serve it with the fresh fruit and you have a guilt-free sweet and savory kids lunch that your kids will love. Preparing and making a food inspired rainbow lunch not only is healthy, your kids will love the variety of colors, flavors, and textures you can feel great about when you send them off to school.
Now is the perfect time to start transitioning into healthier kids lunches. This way when school starts, they can focus on their studies and neither of you need to worry about lunch time food battles. Thank goodness.