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Top list of kids approved school lunches

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

Lunch is very important as it provides the energy to carry various tasks and also for a healthy metabolism. A wholesome meal consists of fruits, vegetables, milk products, whole grains, carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats. It is thus important to pack a wholesome, nutritious and a healthy lunch for your child because it is the lunch that helps him to cope with the rumbling in the stomach and enhance his concentration. 



    A balanced diet is a must especially for your kid to boost his immune system, which helps him fight infections and aids proper body growth. It also helps with normal brain development, boosting your child’s morale and reverence.

    What to prepare for your child's school lunch?

    Decades have passed but the most confusing subject for a mother is packing lunch for her school-going child. The concern grows manifold as the awareness hits that the child will be alone at school and no one will run behind him to make him eat the whole meal.

    Many schools are adopting a policy of including a fruit break as fruits are the most important part of our diet rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and folate. Fruits are low sodium food with higher potassium content, promoting a normal blood pressure and a healthy heart. Here are five ideas for packing school lunch for your little one:

    Seasonal fruits are a must

    Any seasonal fruit can be packed for lunch as per your kid's liking. When summers take over, which is the most part of India’s climate schedule, give your child the potion of berries, melon, mangoes and other fruits. These are not only healthy but tasty too and you may add some fun element or alternate fruits according to different days. The options are innumerable.

    Pasta with veggies

    Kids often run away from veggies! BUT they love pasta! So, the best option is to prepare pasta. Go for whole wheat pasta that too the colorful ones with loads of veggies dancing around. You can customize it as per your whim and fancy and keep bell peppers, broccoli, French beans, cherry tomatoes, spring onions and zucchini with carrots. Put these small pieces to camouflage in the gravy of the pasta. 

    Yummy paranthas with stuffing

    Paranthas with no or little butter make one of the most popular lunch meals in India, where the synonym of breakfast or lunch is a parantha. Make it as happening as possible with white butter or jam or sauce but on the inside, you may fill it with any vegetable that goes well. 

    Grandma’s Tip: Since most kids love stuffed paranthas, use this as the best opportunity to give your child the nutrients of some veggies. Go for cauliflower (gobhi ke paranthe), potato (aloo ke paranthe), paneer or cottage cheese (paneer parantha), onion (pyaaz parantha), fenugreek leaves or spinach leaves (methi ka parantha). You can also opt for radish (mooli ke paranthe). You name it and a newer version is ready, which your kid will like. Don’t forget to give freshly prepared yogurt with the paranthas.

    Healthy sandwiches

    Sandwiches are loved by many kids and can be very nutritious by adding cucumber, tomato, lettuce, paneer, and onion. If you’re a vegetarian, you can add boiled beans and chickpeas to the sandwich, which makes it yummier and full of nutrition. You can have a non-vegetarian version of your choice by adding chunks of chicken or boiled egg in the stuffing of the sandwich.

    Healthy cookies

    Cookies that are made in butter chocolate and nuts may brighten your child’s day and mood. You may try different flavors and methods, which your kid is fond of. The best choice as on today would be to opt for oats cookies, full of fiber, healthiest for your child to munch on.

    The main purpose behind lunch is to keep your little bunny full so that he remains active and is full of energy and enthusiasm in the class. Most of the vitals are lost during the daytime as he stays for very long hours in school, that too when the sun is at its peak. This often causes dehydration and loss of body fluids. To retain the same and stay well hydrated, always send enough water with lunch and also a probiotic drink to keep your child’s stomach and gut healthy and cool.

    Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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