The kids are heading back to school, which means the lunch packing ritual is quickly approaching. Peanut butter and jelly every day can get real old, real fast. Discover some fun recipes that will keep your tots happy, healthy, and full of energy throughout their school days. P.s you can use them for packing adult lunches for work too!
Start with a tortilla of your choice, preferably whole wheat for the extra fiber and nutrients. Next spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the tortilla, and top with slices of turkey, cheese, and spinach or romaine lettuce. Use pepper jack cheese to give this cool treat a little kick. Roll the entire tortilla with the toppings into a burrito, and then slice into wheels about 1” in thickness. Your child will love these bite-sized, protein-packed delights.
Breakfast For Lunch
Wanting to use up the rest of that pancake batter that you hate to see go to waste? Create some mini pancakes, about 2-3” in diameter, to pack for the kids’ lunches. Add a small Tupperware of peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter for added protein. Last but not least, include some fresh fruit such as strawberry slices, blackberries, blueberries, or banana slices to take these mini pancakes to the next level.
The kids will be pleasantly surprised opening up their very own Mexican style party at lunchtime. Simply pack shredded chicken or ground taco meat, black beans (drained if from a can), shredded cheese, diced tomato, guacamole, salsa, and tortilla chips. This meal would be best to compartmentalize each ingredient, especially if your kiddo is picky about foods touching. Click here to check out a handy set of organizational storage containers. Furthermore, homemade guacamole can really take this meal to the next level.
- 2 Avocados
- Fresh lime
- ¼ cup cilantro (minced)
- ½ fresh jalapeno
- 1 tbsp red onion (minced)
- Garlic salt
- Sea salt
First, remove all seeds and stems from the jalapeno. Next, mince the jalapeno, red onion, and cilantro. Mash the avocados, and then add the jalapeno, red onion, and cilantro. Finally mix in garlic salt, pepper, sea salt, and fresh lime juice to taste. Want to keep this treat extra fresh in your child’s lunch? Leave an avocado seed in the guac to prevent your tasty creation from turning brown.
The Mediterranean diet, supported by countless studies, has been shown to be the healthiest diet in the world. Why not bring these nourishing nutrients right into your youngster’s lunchbox? Pita bread cut into triangles will serve as the dipping base of the meal. Then, add cubed chicken or beef, hummus of any variety, olives, cucumber slices, and diced tomatoes. Healthy grub has never tasted so dang delicious. Any kind of store-bought hummus will do the trick, but here is a simple recipe that will boost this dish even further.
- 1 can garbanzo beans (15 oz)
- 2 tbsp Lemon
- 1 Clove Fresh garlic
- 3 tbsp Tahini (sesame paste)
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
First drain only half of the garbanzo bean juice out of the can, allowing for just the right hummus consistency. Next, add the beans with the ½ can of juice into a food processor. Mince fresh garlic, and add that to the garbanzo beans. Next, add fresh-squeezed lemon juice, along with tahini and olive oil. Blend all of this together until the hummus has reached a creamy consistency. If it’s not smooth enough for your liking, add a small amount of water and blend again until achieving the desired texture. Finally, add salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika to taste. Enjoy!
Try out these innovative lunch ideas for your kiddos this year. Can lunch be a favorite school subject?