The start of a new school year means new clothes, fresh school supplies, and a chance to see friends. But, it also means parents must start packing school lunches again. Packing the same foods daily can become cumbersome and boring for you and your child. So we put together a list of 10 healthy and fun options to try in your child’s lunchbox this school year!
Breakfast for lunch? Why not!? Omelets are an excellent source of protein, plus you can sneak in veggies for added nutrition. Cut the omelet in half and place it on your child’s favorite bun or bread.
Cinnamon Yogurt Dip
Most kids eat fruit without a fuss, but why not make it fun by including a delicious fruit dip in their lunch? Combine about 10 g of nut butter with 100 g of greek yogurt; add a little bit of honey and cinnamon to sweeten it. Pack this delicious dip with apple slices or grapes.
Kids love meatballs, especially with dip! Pack some bite-size chicken meatballs in a thermos to stay warm or with an ice pack to stay cold; they taste good either way! Include your child’s favorite dipping sauce, and you have a definite winner.
Kids love colors, and this colorful, flavorful rice will fill your child’s belly with food and nutrition! Start with brown rice and add a medley of diced sauteed veggies like carrots, peas, peppers, and onions.
Chocolate-Orange Energy Balls
Finding a treat in their lunch always makes kids smile. These chocolate orange balls taste good and give your kid an energy boost to get through the afternoon.
Mix together 2-parts chopped-up dates, cacao powder & pecans with 1 part oats, almond butter, and chia seeds. Lastly, add some orange zest and juice and roll into small balls. For a twist, roll them in shredded coconut. They keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
We’re told to eat the rainbow, so take this literally and pack rainbow fruit skewers. Use any combination of strawberries, raspberries, mango, oranges, pineapple, melon, kiwi, green grapes, purple grapes, blueberries, and blackberries.
Chicken salad is a versatile lunch option. Make a kid-friendly chicken salad by mixing grilled, diced chicken, grapes, dates, greek yogurt, and cinnamon. Serve it over greens or place it in a wrap for an easy, delicious lunch.
Fiber & Oat Muffins
Muffins make kids think they’re getting a sweet treat, but these muffins are packed with nutrition and still taste good! Choose your favorite basic muffin recipe and add prunes, pecans, and cinnamon. Use sunflower or coconut oil instead of butter to make them even healthier.
Fruity Spring Rolls
Spring rolls are kid-friendly and simple to make and pack. Fill rice paper with your child’s favorite fruits and roll! Slicing fruit thinly or into strips will make it easier to roll. Add a zesty dipping sauce made from lime juice and honey to complete this healthy treat.
Peanut Butter Hummus
Peanut butter hummus is a fun twist on a favorite lunch staple. You can easily make this at home with chickpeas, olive oil, peanut butter, lemon juice, and a bit of salt. Serve it with fruit, crackers, pretzels, carrots, and celery!