Wellness Wednesday: Ask Coach Christy

Do you have a question that you’ve always wanted to ask? Have a nutrition conundrum that you’d like to figure out once and for all?  Just ask Christy!  She’s answering a very common question today that you’ll be able to use immediately.

I have dialed in my nutrition and am seeing great results, but my family is not on board.  How can I make lunches for my kids that are healthier than the sandwich and chips that I’ve been sending in?

Hey!  I love this because I’m right there with you. Among the other 981 things that have to happen before 7:45 am every day, a healthy lunch can take a back seat to just getting something in that lunchbox so they won’t starve.

Let’s approach their lunch boxes the same way we approach building a simple healthy dinner: Start with the protein, fill in the carbs, finish with fat.

Since kids eat anything without whining ever it’s really that easy.

I’ve found that, similar to the grown humans I know, kids like to snack.  Putting a plate full of prepped food is somehow less appealing than just snacks. So, what has worked for me is to break up their lunches in to small portions of good things so they feel like they are snacking while they are really getting tons of protein to feel full, carbs to fuel the rest of their day, and fat so they grow strong.

Lunch 1

  • 1 hard boiled egg, sliced
  • 4 slices of turkey
  • 10-15 cashews
  • 1 carrot, cut to matchsticks
  • 15-20 raisins

Lunch 2

  • ½ apple, sliced
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter for dipping
  • 4 slices of cold cut chicken
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 yogurt

Lunch 3

  • 5 black olives
  • 4 slices of turkey
  • 3 apple slices
  • 2 baby carrots
  • 1 love note from Mom

I buy small Tupperware containers and just keep everything simple and separate.  I have a picky eater in my house so if one food touches another, forget all about it.  Also, at 5 and 6 years old they can help with this type of lunch food.  I have them peel carrots, count cashews and raisins, and then they also get the final say if there is something else they want to add or include.

I hope this was helpful!

If you have a question, just email Christy@ConvictionTraining.com.

You’ll see an answer to you question in a future Wellness Wednesday blog post very soon!

 

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