Believe it or not, summer vacation is in the past and school is back in session. With that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about those school lunches again. One of the hardest things about that (besides taking the time to prepare lunch for the kids in advance), is getting them to eat healthy while they are away from home. These simple recipes are great for the kids and easy to pack in a lunch pail, ensuring that you give the kids a little something they’ll enjoy and that you’ll appreciate!
No-Bake Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls
A great snack to throw in your kids’ lunch, these no bake energy balls taste just like cookies but are much healthier and will keep your kids attentive throughout the rest of the day. Loaded with chocolate chips, peanut butter, cranberries and maple glazed nuts, each bite is delicious and nutritious. Get the recipe at Cotter Crunch.
PB & J Pinwheel Kabobs
This little recipe is super easy to make, vegetarian and most certainly fun to eat. Organized onto little skewers, each kabob features fresh strawberries, blueberries and a peanut butter and jelly rollup. Get the recipe at Two Healthy Kitchens.
Kale and Spinach Mac & Cheese Cups
This sneaky little recipe throws in some greens that your kids won’t even notice. It can even be made ahead of time and popped in the freezer to pack it for the week. Made with kale, spinach, shell pasta and cheddar cheese, each bite is full of flavor that your kids will love. Get the recipe at See Vanessa Craft.
Fruit already has a ton of nutrients and flavor, but why not add to that by making them more fun to eat? By cutting up your fruit into fun shapes with a cookie cutter (such as this picture from @rawintentions), your kids will be drawn to them and have more fun eating them.
Granola Crunch Apple-Peanut Butter Sandwich Wrap
When you’re tired of making the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this easy recipe will come in handy. Filled with whole grains, fruits and protein, you won’t feel guilty sending this roll up sandwich along in your kid’s lunch box. Get the recipe at Two Healthy Kitchens.
Southwest Turkey Wrap
Say goodbye to those plain old turkey and cheese sandwiches, because these wraps will be the kids’ new favorite lunch staple. Loaded with corn, black beans, cheese, avocado and turkey, each bite is full of flavor and won’t have the kids bored or going hungry. Get the recipe at Go Eat and Repeat.
Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
For a little snack or dessert in your kids’ lunch box, why not give them something sweet and healthy? This 3-ingredient recipe is quick, easy and completely tasty. Bananas, cinnamon and sugar is all you need to get this kid-approved bite sized snack ready to eat! Get the recipe at Dizzy Busy and Hungry.