I want to Thank Abbott for sponsoring this conversation about healthy lunches!
I’ve been told that the third grade is one of the most important years of a child’s elementary education. With Pookah starting a new school this year AND entering this pivotal year, I want to help him any way I can. And as the school year begins, I find myself looking for new healthy lunch ideas to provide healthy options for his lunch.
Did you know that food is brain power? I’ve been doing research on what foods will help him get a healthier start and I think I’ve found it with a key ingredient: Lutein.
Lutein – a carotenoid or pigment, can be found in leafy vegetables, egg yolks, avocados and more, is known for its benefits to eye health. But new research shows it may also enhance learning and memory. A recent study showed children with higher levels of lutein performed better on academic exams. Matt Kuchan, PhD, a lead scientist at the global healthcare company Abbott says “Our research – from infancy to adulthood – brings to life the important role nutrition plays in helping to create strong brain connections, helping us to focus, and preserving our memories.”
In other words, I needed to find more ways to incorporate Lutein rich foods into Pookah’s diet. And what better way to start than with his lunch? So I set out to create a rotating set of Gluten Free lunch ideas that would not only be easy and fun for kids but incorporate Lutein to make these lunches healthier and more food for the brain.
We tested these extensively (meaning I made versions of all of these meals and he gave a thumbs up or down until I got it right) and these are our favorite healthy gluten free lunch ideas for kids.
(All the Lutein Rich foods are highlighted in Red)
1.Food On Sticks meals: Meatballs, Grapes, Tomato and Cucumber Salad and Animal Cookies.
2.Healthy Turkey Roll ups (Spinach, and Turkey) Carrots, pretzels and apple slices.
3. Breakfast for lunch: Waffle bites, Strawberries, Chicken Sausage, boiled eggs, and yogurt
4.Soft Chicken Tacos: Grilled Chicken, Gluten-free corn tortillas, Cheese, Romaine Lettuce, cheese, and peppers.
5. Gluten free grilled chicken nuggets with corn on cob bites, strawberries and blueberries, and cheese squares
See how simple that was to incorporate Lutein rich foods into your child’s lunches? I am including Abbott’s Brain healthy Grocery Store Checklist for you to take with you next time you go grocery shopping for your kid’s lunches. It will help you include all the Lutein rich brain healthy food you can!
Are you naturally including any of these foods in your kids’ diets? What are some of your favorite back to school lunch ideas?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Abbott.