Don't Ditch the Dairy: Tips for Getting More Dairy in the Lunchbox

Author: Administrator | September 04, 2018

Don't Ditch the Dairy: Tips for Getting More Dairy in the Lunchbox

Packing your child’s lunch box is a great way to ensure they are getting a healthy, well-balanced meal. We know that good nutrition has a positive effect on the academic performance of students, which makes a nutritious lunch essential for their success in school. When building your child’s lunch box, be sure to include dairy products, like milk, yogurt and cheese – packed with protein, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals.  

Learn how these food bloggers include dairy in their kiddos’ lunch boxes:

Sarah’s Tip: 

  • In colder months, my kids love cream-based soups and chowders in their packed lunches.
    • Pro tip: Add boiling water to the thermos and allow it to warm up for 5 minutes. Dump the water before adding the hot soup.

-A trained chef turned food blogger at, Sarah Mock

Christina’s Tip:

  • Keep yogurt and other perishables cold by packing a homemade ice pack. 
    • Pro Tip: Wet a new kitchen sponge and wring most of the water out.  Put the sponge in a zipper bag and freeze it. Place the frozen sponge in the lunch box for an easy (and lighter!) homemade ice pack.  

-Christina Hitchcock from It’s A Keeper blog

Heather’s Tip:

  • Lunch time is rushed for many kids, so be sure to include nutrient-rich foods that are kid-friendly and easy-to-eat in their lunch box.
    • Pro Tip: Topping a salad with shredded cheese, packing cheese and crackers, or including a yogurt cup are three easy and delicious ways to get kids eating nutritious foods quickly.

-Heather Mangieri, RDN, Nutrition Consultant and Author of Fueling Young Athletes From Heather Mangieri Nutrition

Colleen’s Tip: 

  • Let your kids have a choice in what goes into their lunch box, that way they feel empowered and most likely will eat it since they were in charge.
  • Pro Tip: I like to lay out 3 choices when it comes to dairy. Sometimes they pick more than one, I call that winning in both taste & nutrition! 

-Colleen Kennedy, mom of 2 kids and the woman behind the popular food blog Souffle Bombay

Natalie’s Tip:

  • I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't like to dip their food. I sneak in some extra vitamins and nutrients by using Greek yogurt as the base for all the sweet and savory dips I make for their lunches! 
    • Pro Tip: Use herbs and spices, like turmeric or cinnamon, to your child’s Greek yogurt dip to give it a little extra flavor!

-Natalie Dixon from A Turtle's Life for Me

American Dairy Association North East is one of 19 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit