Top 10 Favorite Items to Pack in a Lunchbox
Now that it’s back-to-school time, making lunch healthy and simple for kids can be a big challenge. With the help of award-winning Chef Mareya, The Fit Foodie, packing your kiddos lunchbox with delicious, nutritious, fun foods can be a snap.
Kids love food on a stick. Thread seasonal fruit onto a skewer to make dipping fun, especially they they’re paired with our nutrient dense chocolate avocado pudding (see recipe below). Treat them with Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash to keep them from browning in their lunchbox.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
So many store bought puddings contain artificial colors, flavors and TONS of sugar. When you make your own with dark chocolate, avocado, almond milk and sweeten it with stevia, you’ve the the makings of a sweet treat parents and kids both love.
Stackable Snack Tower
Packing snacks like hummus and veggies, raisins and pudding, is convenient and easy to clean with the GoStak. All the BPA-free containers connect with ease to make it simple for kids to carry.
Just by taking whole grain or gluten-free bread and rolling it, you can transform it into a great lunch treat. Flatten each piece with a rolling pin or end of a wooden spoon, spread with cream cheese, slices of avocado and cucumber and roll tight. Sprinkle the top with ground flax meal for added Omega 3 benefits and a nice crunch.
Veggie Skewers with hummus
Just like fruit kabobs, veggies on a stick with a side of hummus is a great balance of micronutrients, protein and good quality, monounsaturated fat. Skewer raw vegetables they love, including broccoli, cherry tomatoes and cucumber and add veggies like avocado and red pepper to the hummus to up the nutrition ante.
Veggie Mac N’ Cheese Cupcakes
It’s one of a kid’s favorite meals, and adding spinach, butternut squash or cauliflower into the cheese sauce is a convenient way to get veggies onto their plates. Baking them in a muffin tin makes them the perfect finger food.
Peanut Butter Apple Sandwich
Instead of bread, use two slices of apple and fill it with your choice of nut or sunflower butter (a great nut-free option), unsweetened shredded coconut and raisins. Packed with good fats and protein, this is a great way to makeover the typical sandwich.
Power Packed Pita Pizza
Have them decorate their own pizza any day of the week and get a ton of veggies onto their plates. Use half of a whole grain or gluten-free pita and top with part skim mozzarella or dairy-free cheese, bell pepper, olives, chicken and pineapple like this smiley guy.
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Tenders
When you bake your own, you can rest assured that there are no foreign ‘parts’ in your tenders. Just cut up all natural or organic chicken breast, dip in low fat buttermilk and coat in gluten-free pretzel crubs, pulverized in a food processor. Bake for a nice, crunchy consistency kids love and pack them up with a couple of their favorite dipping sauces.
Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade
Not only is having a zero-sugar lemonade box in their lunch a highly anticipated treat, it can help to inhibit food borne illness. According to the Center for Disease Control, most home made school lunches aren’t kept at the proper coolness. Freezing a juice box of Leaf & Love (www.leafandlove.com) and placing it in their lunchbox can help keep them safer. Refreshing!