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School Lunch and Snack Ideas

Back-to-school is right around the corner, and I recommend packing a lunch and both a mid-morning and an afternoon snack for your child to have throughout the day. Many parents hear this and think: "What in the world do I pack in my child's lunch each day that is quick and easy, without packing the same thing every day?" I know this may seem daunting (and repetitive!) but don't worry, I have lots of yummy and healthy ideas to add variety to your child's week! Here are some specific, simple, “real food” solutions that can get you out of your PB&J rut: >Add a raw fruit and a vegetable, like a cut melon and carrots >Chicken or shrimp salad >Cut-up vegetables with hummus or guacamole >Cut-up fresh fruit—rotate through seasons >Mixed berry puree >Hard-boiled eggs >Pinwheels made of either turkey and cheese or roast beef and cheese >Unsweetened applesauce >Nut and seed trail mix >Almond bread, Ezekiel bread (for gluten free) or 100% whole grain bread sandwiches made of peanut or almond butter with sliced strawberries or roast beef, turkey, or chicken with hummus or guacamole, cheese, and pickles >String cheese Ideal snacks start with a fresh fruit and vegetable and could include: >Celery or an apple with peanut butter >Smoothies with fruit, chia seeds, protein powder, and unsweetened almond milk, plain yogurt, and/or coconut water >Nut and seed trail mix >Sliced fruit with plain yogurt—you can sweeten the yogurt with unsweetened applesauce and nuts >Cut-up vegetables, like carrots, celery, or other crispy veggies, with healthy dips like hummus or guacamole >Vegetable soups >Sliced apples with cinnamon >Omelet or frittata >Meat and cheese pinwheels >Ezekiel bread (for gluten free) or 100% whole grain bread with nut butter and a side of fruit >Mini meatballs and fresh melon served with toothpicks >Tomatoes and basil with mozzarella cheese on skewers—you can add balsamic vinaigrette


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