6 Healthy School Lunch Hacks for Kids of All Ages
No matter the age of your child, every parent knows two things must be true for a school lunch to be a success:
- Your child’s lunch must be healthy…
- And it must taste good.
However, packing a school lunch that is both nutritious and delicious doesn’t have to be a challenge. With the right ingredients on deck, savvy school lunch inspiration and insights from packed lunch professionals, your child’s school lunch game is soon to step up.
Here’s What Discerning Parents Know About School Lunches
If a packed lunch is going to pass a parent’s quality control test, it must offer protein, be made with fresh ingredients, and minimize processed foods.
Remember, the foods that make their way into your child’s cafeteria are their source of fuel for the second half of their school day. This is exactly why artificial ingredients are a no-go. For your growing child to receive the nutrients they need to take their school day by storm, it’s time to swap out the Uncrustables for a clean and lean meal…
…that tastes oh-so good.
Preschool School Lunch Inspiration
If you are a parent of a preschooler, chances are you are no stranger to a picky eater.
For the tots, you want food that is both finger friendly (no utensils needed) and easily pre-cut into bite-sized pieces. That way, your newly independent three-year old can pull their lunchbox from the classroom cubby and manage lunch on their own.
Something as simple as pre-cooked Chicken Sausage chopped up, and paired with apple slices and pretzel sticks will get your preschooler excited about lunchtime.
These lunches are mutually beneficial: letting your little one feel confident in their “big-kid’ ways, all while allowing you to feel good about the foods your child is enjoying mid-day.
Elementary School Lunch Secrets
Keep Them Eating
The elementary school lunchroom is one of the noisiest places on the planet. But why?
Well, for elementary students, school lunch is a social gathering of smiles and laughs… and much less about the food on their plates.
The reality of the elementary school cafeteria requires parents to pack lunches that will prompt their children to clean their plate, even once the giggles get going.
In short, presentation matters. This is the very reason seasoned lunch packers love nothing more than a Bento box. This type of lunch features compartmentalized sections that will catch your child’s attention just long enough for them to get some bites in between words.
And the spotlight of any Bento box is (you guessed it)… protein. An antibiotic-free, hormone-free pre-cooked sausage will give your elementary-aged kid the protein they need to keep moving.
So next time you find yourself packing lunch for your little one, try a sliced, pre-cooked organic brat with a dipping mustard on the side to get their attention. They can pace their talking with their dipping….
… or at least we can hope.
Middle School Lunch Must-Dos
Catering to the Social Hour
Just thinking about middle school lunch hour brings back the pit in our now adult stomachs, doesn’t it?
The insecurities about where to sit and with whom makes parents everywhere break a sweat. Though you can’t control the social dynamics of the middle school lunchroom, you can control what is packed in their lunches.
And nothing says cool like organic meats and locally sourced ingredients, right?
How about a novel ingredient like bison? Or spice content like jalapeño for bragging rights? It will give them something to talk about, and keep them reminded that packed lunch is a better bet than cafeteria food any day of the week.
No sweet message on a sticky note needed. Your middle schooler will know just how much you care with every bite of a delicious (and nutritious) pre-cooked sausage.
And let’s be real… the cool table serves organic protein. No doubt about that.
High School School Lunch Hacks
The Soon-To-Be Foodie
High schoolers are an anomaly. Parents of teenagers, you know exactly what this means.
Chances are your high school-aged child is not going to eat anything put in front of them.
Maybe your junk food obsessed teenager is suddenly interested in more nutritious cuisine. Or maybe your athlete is looking for lean protein. Your outspoken activist is looking for humane treatment of livestock. Or your food critic is looking for quality flavor and texture.
Who are these educated kids? And how do you pack an equally as sophisticated school lunch for them?
One word: Charcutnuvo.
We are confident in our school lunch support, for even the most particular of high school kids. Charcutnuvo will meet your thoughtful consumer’s emerging needs with the highest quality sausages on the market.
So parents, it’s time to face it: the peanut butter and jelly days are gone. If you are looking to meet all of the requirements of your newly enlightened teen foodie, Charcutnuvo will help you score a win. Our broad selection of organic, hormone-free meat is exactly what you need.
Catering to the College “School Lunch”
Anything But the Dining Hall
If your baby (who isn’t so much of a baby these days) has moved out of your home and onto a college campus, you may find yourself up at night wondering if everything is okay.
Are they eating enough? Are they eating at all? And do you dare ask what they are eating?!
Late night snacks and irregular eating patterns can throw anyone off kilter. So what’s a parent to do as they send their college student to live on their own?
It’s simple. Make sure their fridge is stocked with pre-cooked organic sausages. It’s standard now for a dorm room to come with a mini-fridge and microwave. This is all your college kid needs to serve themselves a delicious, protein packed meal.
Not sure what’s better than late night buttery popcorn and pizza? A Charcutnuvo sausage, heated and ready to go for any time of the day.
Yes, technically it’s not lunchtime, but at least you are making sure your college kid’s ever-growing body is fueled and full. You’ve instilled good eating habits in your growing teen. It’s now time for them to take those practices with them. So make sure Charcutnuvo is on their dorm essentials list.
“2 Birds, One Stone” Kind of Dinner
Why yes, packing your child a delicious and nutritious lunch, no matter their age, is the goal.
This requires a little more planning than serving them a Lunchables and a cheese stick. However, there are a few ways you can cut down the time spent on putting the lunch box together.
And we like to call this the “2 Birds, One Stone Casserole”.
Casserole… yes, you read that right. And while you may think 1985 called demanding their dinner back, this modern day casserole bends the rules just a bit. Featuring organic, hormone free, antibiotic free Chicken Sausage and an easy-as-pie cooking process, you can rest assured that this recipe isn’t your grandmother’s go-to.
And as if it couldn’t get any better, this healthy casserole recipe makes for both a crowd-pleasing dinner and a flavorful school lunch for your kids on the following day.
Now go ahead and turn the oven on.
Your Saving Grace This Back-to-School Season
Discerning parents are no stranger to Charcutnuvo’s quality contribution to school lunches. However, the science behind school lunches may get lost in the mix during back-to-school season.
This time of year can be pure chaos for parents and kids alike. Classrooms replace summer camps, after school activities are back in session and homework has returned as the highlight of the evening. With all that and more on parents’ plates, packing a nutritious and delicious school lunch may very well be absent from the list of priorities.
But it doesn’t have to be…
Your saving grace this back-to-school season has 6 sides, Swiss roots and a savory stock of sausage that will change your child’s school lunch game for the better.
You guessed it… it’s a Charcutnuvo bundle, and this month’s sampler is all about chicken sausage.
Here’s what’s included:
Organic Chicken Spinach Sausage (2)
Large chunks of spinach and small pieces of organic chives, combined with strong herbs and spices, makes this super lean, organic chicken sausage a popular choice for families. Fully cooked you can quickly get your proteins and greens in the same bite without GMOs, nitrates, nitrites, or sugar.
Organic Chicken Italian Sausage (2)
Organic chicken combined with organic bell peppers and fennel give you the flavors of Rome. A hormone and antibiotic free chicken sausage perfect for pasta dishes, this super lean sausage gives you organic quality that you can build a meal around. Don’t underestimate the chicken sausage when making Italian cuisine. You will find yourself saying, ‘Molto bene!’
Organic Chicken Apple Sausage (1)
A dash of sweetness from fresh organic apples creates a simple, yet flavorful lean chicken option for dinner. Made with organic chicken grown in the USA, this gluten free and pork free chicken sausage is a perfect quick snack or meal. Fully cooked so you can have an organic chicken sausage with a dash of sweet ready in minutes.
Chicken & Pheasant Sausage (1)
Our delicate pheasant and chicken sausage is perfectly blended with spinach, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese for a gluten free bratwurst with no antibiotics, hormones, nitrites, or preservatives. A tasty alternative to the bland chicken sausage, this juicy ground sausage is sure to delight.
The School Lunch Synopsis
While word on the street may be that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at Charcutnuvo, we think a tad differently.
Lunch keeps your child’s mind and body going as they head into busy afternoons of learning and after school activities. So no matter the age or stage of your child, Charcutnuvo is your trusted lunch box partner this back-to-school season. Our broad selection of healthy proteins are just what your child needs to stay focused, energized and flavorful satisfied.
So forget the nitrites and nitrates, and instead stuff quality meat from trusted sources into that lunch box.
It’s what we’re here for.