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!
Zesty 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.
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.
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.
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.
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