Fruits and veggies are two food groups that most kids don’t get enough of, including in their lunchboxes. {You can read more about what IS in kids’ lunchboxes in this previous post.} But it’s an easy thing to fix by following these five simple strategies.

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1. Fill your fridge with convenience produce

I’m a big fan of anything that makes fruits and veggies simple. So these washed and ready to eat blueberries by Natureripe are my new best friend. My kids go bizerk for them. (When I say bizerk, I mean they jump up and down with excitement and try to hoard them all for themselves.) Needless to say, I keep my fridge stocked with these, along with other pre-washed, ready to eat produce to make sure my kids have healthy options, even on the most hectic days.

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2. Always add a fruit or veggie to sandwiches

I have a rule in my home that I (almost) always follow: sandwiches must include a fruit or veggie. It doesn’t have to be A LOT, but just enough so that my kids realize it’s actually 100% normal — and really delicious — to put fruit and veggies on sandwiches. For example, instead of a traditional PBJ, we go for peanut butter with fresh sliced strawberries or bananas. Instead of a plain ol’ turkey sandwich, we add a little avocado or cucumber.

Open peanut butter and banana sandwich over white.

 

3. Let your lunchbox guide you

Lunchboxes have a come a long way since we were kids. Long gone are the days of a basic brown bag lunch. In its place are sturdy (and eco-friendly) compartmentalized boxes. One of my favorite things about these boxes is they force me to add MORE fruits and veggies than I would if I didn’t have a nifty little compartment to fill. LunchBots, Easy Lunchboxes and Laptop Lunches (shown left to right) all make great compartmentalized lunchboxes at a variety of price points. {Includes affiliate links}

4. Beyond bread

Sure, sandwiches are a lunchbox staple, but don’t be afraid to branch out. Pasta salad and confetti rice are both super easy way to throw colorful veggies into the mix. Check out this super simple recipe for Pesto Pesto Bowties with Feta and Tomatoes by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Pesto Bowties with Feta and Tomatoes

And this Kid-Friendly Confetti Rice by Erika’s Recipes.

Kid-Friendly Confetti Rice

 

5. A little bit, all the time

If your kid is used to seeing zero fruits or vegetables in his or her lunchbox, take it slow. Going full throttle is a surefire way to a full-on lunchtime rebellion. Start off by including just a TEENSY bit of something they like. Then gradually add new things and increase the amount. Make sure to include something everyday, no matter what. Consistency is key.

What other tips do you have for adding fruits and veggies to your child’s lunchbox?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Naturipe. I received blueberries to try and was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own and kids’ enthusiasm for the product is 100% real (if you’ve ever seen them cry, you’d know that they are terrible actors).

 

 

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