Your elementary schooler is turning into a lanky, long-limb version of her preschool self before your eyes, and that takes energy— and lots of it. It’s time for a healthy meal plan for kids to keep up!
Between school and other activities, kids are always on the go. But just because your child needs food fast doesn’t mean you should resort to fast food restaurants. Somewhere along the way, we started confusing quick meals with unhealthy fare. But what’s faster than whole foods in their natural form? Whole apples, baby carrots, almonds, and cashews are just a few original “fast food” options that can be served more quickly than any drive-thru. Time to get prepping quick meals!
Start this healthy meal plan for kids with natural sweetness in burrito form. What’s not to love?!
(1 grain, 1 fruit, 1 pro)
You can also try this tasty fruit-sushi recipe similar to the one above.
This is an antioxidant, phytonutrient, and fiber-rich snack that will keep your child energized. Make a big batch and separate into individually sized Tupperware or reusable bags, so you have a grab and go snack all week long!
(1 protein or oil equivalent, ½ fruit, 1 grain)
Are you on the egg bandwagon? These are a great option if making food ahead of time fits better with your schedule. Almost any combination of eggs, vegetables, and cheese will do, but here’s one of our favorites. It also freezes well, so double or triple the recipe for a nutrient-dense meal or snack all month long! Healthy meal planning for kids just got a whole lot easier!
(2 protein, 1 dairy, 1¼ vegetable, 1 grain)
Sometimes, it’s all about the packaging. Most 7-8 year-olds cherish independence and love having things to call their own. They will naturally gravitate towards portable, individually portioned containers like mason jars. Plus, meals in jars are easy to store (will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge) so you can be ready for dinners on the go.
(1.5 grain, 1 dairy, ½ vegetable, 3 oil equivalents)
Low-fat milk and graham crackers make a great dessert or bedtime snack!
In this day of meals, your 7-8-year-old will get:
Have kids of all ages? Start by taking a look at these meal planning and food portion guidelines, then take a look at all of the other meal plans we have.
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