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Packing Smarter Lunchboxes

Stumped on what to send your kid for lunch this week? School provided lunches can be unhealthy and loaded with calories. Check out these easy kid friendly lunch ideas to keep your child satisfied and eating healthy during the school week:

Chicken/beef/sausage kebabs
Kebabs are great for children; just make sure to cut off the sharpened end of the skewer! Serve with rice, sliced cucumbers, sliced fruit and yogurt covered pretzels for dessert.

Chicken/Ham and cheese quesadilla
Quesadillas are great served hot or cold, making them great for lunch boxes. Pack along with sliced avocado, pineapple, and tortilla chips for a healthy and tasty lunch!

Spring rolls
Rice paper wraps, or even lettuce leaves are great for making wraps. Send along with thinly sliced red peppers, carrots, cabbage, avocado, sprouts, or your child’s other favorites for them to assemble. Add in some cubed meat and cheese, blueberries and a few squares of chocolate for dessert!

Meat roll ups
Roll sliced deli meat and cheese to create an easy and healthy meal for your child. Use turkey, ham, or roast beef and your child’s favorite cheese. Bag some pretzels, celery with peanut butter, and add cinnamon sprinkled apple slices.

Hummus and pita plate
Pita bread, carrots, broccoli, celery and tomatoes are all great for dipping in hummus. Pack a container with hummus and send your child’s favorite veggies along for a healthy and filling lunch. For a side dish, add in some grapes and crackers as well.

Breakfast for lunch
Who said breakfast is only for the morning? Pack a hardboiled egg, some strawberries or a tangerine, yogurt, sausage, and a few miniature pancakes for a breakfast-for-lunch on-the-go.

Peanut Butter Burrito
Spread peanut butter on a whole-wheat wrap. Slice a banana and drizzle on a little honey for a sweet lunch treat. Add some granola for a fun crunch and send along some grapes or celery.

Chicken Salad
Make a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat bread. Include some sliced apples, celery with light ranch dip, and crackers.

Eating healthy can help provide your little one with the energy they need to do well in school. Next time you’re stumped for lunch ideas, send along one of these tasty lunches.

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