It's not the school supplies filling Target shelves in July. It's not the endless clothes and shoes ads. The true sign that it's Back to School time is the explosion of "what do you take for lunch" posts.
Forget the fancy masterpiece lunches, we just want something our kids will eat...and if it could be nutritious that'd be great too.
To expand lunch options, you need a little more than brown bags and ziplocs. Yes, I'm adding three things to your back to school shopping list...
To keep kids (or yourself) from falling asleep, bouncing off the walls, or felling hungry again 30 minutes after they eat...lunch (every meal/snack, really) needs a carb, a fat, and a protein.
This is also where individual containers come in handy- keeps ingredients from getting soggy & lets kids build their own lunch.
To break the sandwich rut, try these 21 ideas...don't forget to add a spoon or fork.
- shredded bbq chicken, grapes, dark chocolate square
- pita chips, bell peppers, hummus, hard-boiled egg
- mini-charcuterie: crackers, cheese wedges/string cheese, salami/ham
- apple rings, peanut/cashew/almond butter, dark chocolate chips
- salad with chicken & shredded cheese (use a separate container for dressing)
- build a parfait: greek yogurt, berries, granola, mini-muffin
- cheese/chicken quesadilla (wrap in foil and it will stay hot) with corn & avocado salsa
- leftover pasta (spaghetti, lasagna, pesto)? heat and add to thermos
- crackers, peanut butter sliced strawberries
- turkey, cheese, lettuce wraps with siracha mayo
- plain ramen noodles, chicken/beans, sliced carrots in jar/thermos- add hot water, let sit 3-4 minutes (careful, jar will get hot)
- brie/string cheese with crackers, jam, sliced turkey
- turkey, bacon, lettuce, cheese tortilla roll-up with pesto or siracha mayo to dip
- avocado chicken salad, crackers, apple slices
- tomato soup and grilled cheese (wrap sandwich in foil to keep hot)
- build a burrito bowl: rice/farro, chicken/steak/black beans, salsa
- toasted english muffin/crackers, sliced mozzarella, sliced grape tomatoes, basil
- mini rye bread squares, cream cheese, cucumber slices, grapes
- bowtie pasta with pesto and chicken (hot or cold)
- cereal, milk, orange slices
- "fried" rice: rice, peas, scrambled egg, chicken/pork, with orange slices
Most of these lunches are easily built from the previous night's dinner. Rethink leftovers as prepped ingredients for healthier, on the go lunches.
...save even more time by packing straight into lunch containers from the dinner table.
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