Easy, healthy lunches for school

“When I eat a healthy lunch I jump rope faster” Photo:  The California Endowment, Flickr

“When I eat a healthy lunch I jump rope faster”
Photo: The California Endowment, Flickr

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Province
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Kids learn best when they eat well. Buy healthy food when you shop:

  • grains
  • beans
  • lentils
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • fish
  • skinless chicken breast


Make extra for breakfast or dinner. Pack the leftovers for lunch.

Add some raw vegetables like celery, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks,
snap peas or cucumber slices.

Fruits and vegetables in the market Photo: muammerokumus, Flickr

Fruits and vegetables in the market
Photo: muammerokumus, Flickr

Two lunch ideas for you:

  1. Did you make too much bacon and eggs at breakfast?
    Put some cheese on top. Roll the mixture in a whole-wheat tortilla.
  2. Got leftover steak or chicken?
    Slice the meat thinly. Mix the slices with lettuce.
    Add a bit of caesar dressing.
A healthy lunch Photo:  Arlen Redekop, The Vancouver Sun

A healthy lunch
Photo: Arlen Redekop, The Vancouver Sun

Where can I find more recipes and ideas?

Books

  • Recipes is an e-book of simple, easy to read recipes.
    The Best of the Reader collected recipes from past editions of
    The Westcoast Reader. Click here to download it for free.
    BoR recipes cover copy
  • Good Food To Go: Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Love
    by Bradshaw and Mutch has lunch and snack ideas and
    recipes for school lunches.
    book cover school lnch-working

Newspapers
The Vancouver Sun and The Province print recipes for healthy lunches and
snacks for kids.  Click here to see the recipes.

Internet

  • Go to the Health Canada website. Click here for healthy school lunches.
  • Canada’s Food Guide is written in ten different languages. Click here to download it.

4 thoughts on “Easy, healthy lunches for school

    • Sometimes we take the skin off just for the look and taste of the recipe. We also take the skin off for health reasons. Skinless chicken is less fatty and so is healthier for us.

      • It is so much fun making your own lunch! I am Taiwanese and I love chicken sandwiches! 😀

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