Help me feed a teenage boy healthy school lunches
August 13, 2013 5:24 PM Subscribe
I pack a lunch every day for a 15 year old boy (not my son - I have only been doing this for a year so I don't intimately know all of his likes and dislikes).
This year he has asked for "healthier" lunches, as he plays sports and is pretty small in stature but wants to get bigger and stronger.
I have NO idea how to get any healthier than what I am doing, given his particularities:
posted by raspberrE to food & drink (30 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
- Only brown bag. He refuses to carry a lunchbox or any kind of reusable containers. I understand his teenage need for cool factor, so I am not going to push him on this.
- He has 25 minutes to get from class to his locker to lunch, eat, and get back to class.
- He has access to microwaves but doesn't like to use them because it wastes his eating time.
- No refrigerator. His lunch stays in his locker until noonish.
- He doesn't like hard boiled eggs.
Currently his lunch looks like sandwich, chips, fruit, yogurt, and other "snack" item to fill him up or tide him over before soccer practice. For example, this week he had a turkey and cheese sandwich on wheat bread, small portion of Sunchips, a cut up mango, Voskos yogurt, a Nutrigrain bar, and a Nature Valley Protein granola bar. He says he would eat more than this if he could, but he doesn't have time.
I feel like there is too much processed food, even though I know he is eating better than 99% of the boys at school, but I don't know how to replace it given the constraints. I am willing to make some things from scratch (have made sandwich bread and granola bars in the past) but I need ideas & recipes.