No More of the Same Old Thing for Lunch

by Gabriella Patel on May 4, 2016

Last time I told you how quickly you can put together a healthy school lunch for your kids in three easy steps.  Here are more quick and easy kid-friendly lunch ideas for you to put together to pack for your child’s school lunch.  These ideas are quick and creative so you won’t be stuck fixing the same old P B and J!


Healthy Shopping on a BudgetZesty Bean Dip and Whole Grain Chips/Crackers

Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip. It also works well as a sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese.  Make sure to check the ingredient label on the refried beans, some are filled with fat and high in calories.


1/4   cup(s) fat-free canned refried beans

1   tablespoon(s) salsa

1 1/2 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro

1   minced green onions, (optional)

1   ounce(s) whole grain tortilla chips or crackers, (about 10)


Combine refried beans, salsa, cilantro, and green onions (if using) in a bowl. Serve with whole grain tortilla chips or crackers.


Mini Rice-Cake Stacks


8   mini apple-cinnamon rice cakes

1 1/2 tablespoon(s) natural peanut butter

4   banana slices


Spread 4 rice cakes with peanut butter and top with a banana between. Top with the remaining rice cakes.


Pizza Roll-Up


1   (8-inch) whole-wheat flour tortilla

2   tablespoon(s) prepared pizza sauce

12   baby spinach leaves

3   tablespoon(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella


Place tortilla on a plate and spread pizza sauce over it. Top with an even layer of spinach and sprinkle cheese on top. Microwave on High until the cheese is just melted, about 45 seconds. Carefully roll the tortilla up. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces, if desired.


Quick Kebabs


1/2   ounce(s) cubed roasted deli turkey

1/2   ounce(s) cubed Cheddar cheese

1/4   cup(s) grapes

Strawberries, melon, or any seasonal fruit


Thread turkey, cheese, grapes and fruit onto a wooden skewer.


Egg Salad

Try this easy egg salad on your favorite multigrain bread or crackers.


2   hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped

2   tablespoons finely diced celery

1   tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise

2   teaspoons Dijon mustard

1   teaspoons minced scallion greens

Freshly ground pepper to taste


Mash eggs in a small bowl with a fork. Stir in celery, mayonnaise, mustard, and scallion greens, and pepper until combined.



To hard-boil eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water, and cover the eggs with cold water. Let stand until cool enough to handle before peeling.


Strawberry and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Sliced strawberries and reduced-fat cream cheese come together in a sandwich for this quick and healthy lunch-box treat.


1   tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese

1/4   teaspoon honey

1/8   teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

2   slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

2   medium strawberries, sliced


Combine cream cheese, honey and orange zest in a bowl. Spread bread with the cheese mixture. Place sliced strawberries on 1 piece of bread, top with the other.


No-Bake Cookies


8   whole-wheat graham cracker squares, finely ground

1/4   cup raisins

1/4   cup smooth natural peanut butter

2   tablespoons honey, plus 2 teaspoons

4   teaspoons unsweetened coconut


Combine ground whole-wheat graham crackers, raisins, peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Pat into 16 cookies and press lightly in coconut

Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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