Ideas for Healthy School Lunches and After School Snacks
Sandwiches and healthy snacks your kids are sure to love!
For the Lunch Box:
* Instead of PB&J for lunch, how about:
peanut butter and banana;
peanut butter and apple;
nutella and peanut butter;
peanut butter and dark chocolate;
These are delicious combinations that are sure to be to be a hit with kids. Subsitute a wrap on any sandwich for variety, and healthy eating, there are many types of wraps, veggie, whole wheat, low carb, etc.
* Low sodium deli meat with whole wheat bread spread lightly with a cheese spread.
* Leftover beef, chicken or turkey with dipp’in sauce – BBQ , homey mustard or other favorite. Or make it a wrap.
* Cream cheese and cucomber on whole wheat bread
* Tuna fish salad and tomatoes on rye bread
* Cream cheese and jelly sandwich
* Peanut butter can also be used to stuff celery, or try celery stuffed with low fat cheese.
* Apples, Oranges, Plums and Grapes are easy to pack and eat — simply toss one in the lunch box. Alternatively, pack a container of applesauce ( now comes in a squeeze packet, too), dried cranberries or raisins
* Capture your kids imagination (and their appetites) with unique and interesting fruits. For example, star fruit, with its astral shape, is fascinating to kids. or pack a small container with pineapple and mango chunks, or blueberries and strawberries.
* Kids might turn up their noses at raw carrot sticks served on their own, but a little ranch-flavored dip can make all the difference. The dip is available in easy-to-pack single serving containers. Encourage your child to try dipping other vegetables such as celery, broccoli and cauliflower for variety.
* Yogurt single serving tubes are easy to a pack and full of nutrition( freeze and use an insulated lunch box)
* Wholegrain cereal bars especially blueberry and strawberry taste great and are a great snack
* Crackers and cheese or crackers and peanut butter
* Cheese It’s and Goldfish are a real treat, and a good low carb snack
* WhoNu? cookies are high fiber and low calorie
* Fig bars are nutritious, fruit and cookie so yummy!
* Rice Chex and Corn Chex with dark chocolate bits.
* Single servings of cheese
After School Healthy Snacks
Any of the ideas above can also work as a healthy after school snack, but you have a lot of other options as well. Kids love smoothies, especially when they get to pick the ingredients. All you need is some yogurt, your favorite fruit, some ice and a blender for a tasty snack that packs a nutritional punch.
Here is another recipe the kids will go for: Fruiteroni Pizza. They’ll get a kick out of the unconventional ingredients. Its so easy, the kids can practically put it together themselves.
1 12-inch pre-baked thin pizza crust or 12-inch regular pizza crust
1/2 cup pasta sauce or pizza sauce
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella or jack cheese
1 large (or 2 small) fresh California peaches, thinly sliced
2 ounces sliced pepperoni
diced green peppers (options)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread pizza base with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with fruit slices and pepperoni, then sprinkle with green pepper. Bake on cookie sheet at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and crust is browned. Cut into wedges
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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