School's Back!!

Finally that time of year after a fun filled summer! The kids are probably excited, but the moms...they are throwing a party. Except don’t let the lunch packing frustration ruin it for you! Here are some healthy lunch and snack ideas to help your kids stay healthy an energized in school.

Lunch: >>Whole wheat pita halves filled with peanut butter and honey

>>Hummus and whole grain crackers or whole wheat mini pitas

>>Tuna sandwiches with whole wheat bread bread, tuna, apple pieces, dried cranberries, and mayo/yogurt mixture

>>Bean salad includes black beans, shredded cheese, cherry tomatoes, avocado pieces (toss in some lemon to keep from browning), and a drizzles of oil olive

>>Egg salad includes boiled eggs, poled baby potatoes, avocado pieces, and cherry tomatoes with oil and vinegar

>>Taquitos with whole wheat tortillas, corn, beans, cheese and dollop of sour cream on the side

>>Quesadillas with whole wheat tortillas, cheese, avocado, and sour cream on the side

>>Pasta salad includes boiled pasta with bell peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and celery and a lemon-oil vinaigrette

>>Whole wheat mini bagel with cream cheese

Mix it up lunch add ins: Banana Strawberries Blueberries Mandarins Apples slice (slice, put in snack bag with a splash of apple juice and lemon to stay fresh) Cucumbers Mini peppers Carrots Zucchini Broccoli

Snacks: Cheese stick Popcorn

Mini Larabar (check out different flavors at Target)

Aunt Annie’s cheddar crackers (goldfish alternative) Bare Baked apple chips (check out other flavors at Target) Dried mango slices Raisin box Fruit leather Applesauce pouches

In addition to these easy fix-ups, leftover grilled chicken or similar foods are a great option for school lunch the next day!

Enjoy the school year as the kiddos enjoy their lunches :)

Be sure to comment with YOUR creative healthy lunch ideas!

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