School is starting! Are you sick of making the daily PB & J yet? A couple of years ago I began a quest to find new ideas for sack lunches that would be appealing to the kids and still snag me some healthy mom points. My kids LOVED them and their lunches became the envy of the lunchroom. Check out these ideas that are sure to make you the coolest mom on the planet:
1. FRUIT PARFAIT
Layer plain Greek yogurt (sweetened with Stevia) and strawberries (or fruit of your choice) – and top with granola. I use plastic freezer jam containers with a screw on lid.
2. TOOTHPICK KABOBS
Your kids can have fun helping you put these together. Spear with a toothpick olives, cheese cubes or cut up a cheese stick into rounds, and sweet peppers. These can be substituted with your children’s favorites so the possibilities are endless! Some ideas are cucumbers, apple pieces (dipped in lemon,) ham/turkey/chicken pieces, melons, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, Craisins/raisins, etc. These small kabobs should fit easily into a sandwich sized Tupperware.
3. MOCK SUSHI
Start with a whole grain wrap. Spread with hummus and layer on lunch meat, cheese, spinach, sprouts, and thin red pepper slices. Roll up TIGHTLY! You may need to moisten the final edge and press it down tightly to make it stay shut. Carefully slice the roll into little “sushi” pieces. A toothpick may help to keep it in place. Now, not only are these perfect bite size pieces but they are colorful too.
4. EDIBLE ART
This is just a fun way to make your child’s day! Banana and oranges are probably the only fruits that can handle this since the peels are thick enough. Use a permanent marker to decorate the fruit or write a cool message.
5. POPCORN DRESS UP
Make it into a trail mix by adding mini chocolate chips, nuts, and Craisins.
For a sweet treat mix together peanut butter with pure maple syrup and stir or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. For a savory taste spread out popcorn on a tray and spray with olive oil and sprinkle on parmesan cheese.