8 Creative and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Your Student This Fall
Packing the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich for your little scholar day after day can get tiresome in your routine. Your kid is probably sick of eating the same lunch every day as well. If your child has been begging you to include something a little different in his or her lunch, here’s what you can do. Give your child something to get excited about with some fun and healthy ideas for his or her lunch box. Here are some easy to make lunch ideas for your student this fall.
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1. Healthy Mini Pizzas
Instead of the typical sandwich, try thinking of something a little more original for your child’s lunch box. Everyone loves pizza, especially kids. You can make a cold pizza concoction that your little one could have fun constructing during lunch. Keep it healthy and mess free by substituting sliced tomatoes for pizza sauce. Include slices of reduced fat mozzarella cheese and either plain crackers as a base or thinly sliced bagels. Add extras like turkey pepperoni or veggies on the side.
2. Ants on a Log
You don’t have to create something brand new for your kid’s lunch. Try going back to delicious meals you may have enjoyed during your own childhood. Ants on a log is a classic kid-friendly snack that your student could enjoy as a rare treat. Cut up slices of celery, which represent the logs, and coat with cream cheese. Then, sprinkle a few raisins along the cream to create the scene of ants marching along. Your kid’s imagination could be fired up with this easy to prepare lunch idea.
3. Cheesy Quesadillas
Another sandwich substitute that is easy to make and fun to eat is a quesadilla. While this meal is mostly eaten during dinner or at a restaurant, you can quickly create one yourself. Similar to frying up a grilled cheese, you start with a bread, which for this item is a soft tortilla. Heat it up with your ingredients piled on one side. You can fill with just cheese, or add spicy vegetables or chicken to make it a little more filling.
4. Savory Muffins
A muffin is mostly associated with your sweet tooth or as a breakfast treat, but you can also create your own lunch muffin with savory ingredients. If your child loves ham and cheese, you can make a variation of a ham and cheese sandwich, but in muffin form. These are easy to make ahead of time and convenient to pop in the freezer for later. Adjust your favorite muffin recipe by eliminating some of the sweetness and adding diced ham and cheese instead. You can try a corn muffin recipe as a base for ultimate convenience.
5. Cheese and Pepperoni Skewers
Give your kid a little more interactive fun in his or her lunch by putting ingredients on a stick. One popular favorite uses thick slices of turkey pepperoni and low fat cheese cubes lined up neatly along skewers. Let your child have fun during lunch by popping these tasty morsels into his or her mouth.
6. Breakfast Special
When you’re really in the mood for a big change in your child’s lunch, surprise him or her with breakfast for lunch. Try making silver dollar pancakes ahead of time, and placing them in the lunch box. Pack a small container of syrup for dipping sweetness and tasty fruit as toppings. Your child’s lunch may be the envy of the lunch table.
7. BLT Rollups
Another great lunch idea uses bacon as its main ingredient. Try a version of a BLT with a rollup instead. Pick up a flatbread or tortilla from the grocery store, and spread with hamptoncreek Just Mayo. Arrange neat rows of crisp bacon, lettuce and tomato. Roll the ingredients up and slice into convenient kid-sized pieces.
8. Fun Lunch Dippers
The last fun and delicious idea for your kid’s lunch box involves dipping. You can create a fun little dipper lunch with a variety of ingredient choices. Savory dipping could be with ranch dressing, pretzels, and veggies. If you want to add something sweet, try using yogurt as the dipping sauce, and give your child fruit to dip with.
Start off the new school year with fun and imaginative lunch ideas that keep your child satisfied and finishing his or her lunch daily. Make sure your kid gets healthy servings of all of the necessary nutrients and vitamins with a unique approach to lunch box creations this academic year.
What is your favorite thing to put in your child’s lunchbox?