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SACK LUNCH IDEAS - Children need healthy food and drink every time they eat! Wanda Agnew, Dietitian – wagnew@nd.gov – Bismarck/Burleigh Public Health – 222-6525

Busy Family Tips:

Foods should be simple and easy to prepare, ready to eat, and appetizing. Foods such as sandwiches can be prepared the night before or on the weekend, frozen, then taken for each day’s lunch box. Suitable foods to freeze include:

Bread

Cooked meat

Cheese

Peanut butter

Baked beans

Mashed eggs

Food Safety Tips:

Choose an insulated lunch box or one with a freezer pack, or include a wrapped frozen water bottle to keep the lunch box cool.  

Follow proper food preparation methods. This is especially important when food will be stored in the lunch box for many hours before eating.

Prepare lunches the night before and store in the fridge or freezer.

Most breads, sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meat and protein foods are fine to include in lunch boxes. Perishable foods such as dairy products, eggs and sliced meats should be kept cool and eaten within about four hours of preparation. Don’t pack these foods if just cooked. First cool in the refrigerator overnight.

FOOD IDEAS FOR SACK LUNCHES

Cereals, breads and starches

Whole wheat, brown or rye bread or buns, crisp bread (rye or wheat), whole wheat biscuits, tortillas, Pita bread, hot dog/hamburger rolls, pancakes, mini pizzas, or bagels (buy the whole wheat varieties if possible)

Whole wheat muffins or muffins made with fresh fruit like banana, dried fruit like raisins/dates, cheese or nuts;

Oat cakes or oat cereal, energy bars if the first ingredient is not sugar or corn fructose

Granola cereal or unbuttered popcorn

Protein foods

Lean cold cuts (ham, beef, chicken, turkey)

Grilled chicken pieces (wings or drumsticks)

Cooked, chopped or minced meat or chicken/turkey

Smoked dried meat (buffalo, beef, etc) or jerky

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