Keep the Classic PB&J Under Wraps
Peanut butter is a favorite with parents and kids alike because it’s easy to make and economical to serve, and also travels well. You can put a twist on this classic standby by subbing a whole grain tortilla shell for the slices of bread. Simply spread the wrap with peanut butter, and top with jelly, sliced bananas or other fruit, and roll it up!
Scoop Up Some Flavor and Fun!
Cut your child’s favorite crisp vegetables into sticks and fun shapes. Think carrot and celery sticks, slices of cucumbers and apples, broccoli and cauliflower florets. Include a container of hummus for a healthy shot of energy boosting protein as the dip.
Bring on the Bagels
Substituting a sliced whole grain bagel in the place of plain or toasted slices of bread can place a fun way to increase your child’s daily intake of fiber. Spreads such as cream cheese, peanut butter, hummus or even mashed avocados make for a filling lunch. Add a pop of color and flavor by topping the spread with fresh fruits and vegetables such as slices of red pepper, tomatoes or really change things up by adding sliced hard boiled eggs.
Use whole leaves of lettuce and top with a couple of tablespoons of your child’s favorite salad. Tossing together some pasta shells, chopped grilled chicken breast, a tablespoon of vinaigrette and a small vegetable such as sliced cherry tomatoes or fresh green peas makes a delicious and easy to make pasta salad. Salads made of chopped eggs, ham or pimento cheese are tasty options for healthy lettuce wraps. Roll up the leaves just as you would a traditional wrap to create a flavorful, low carb meal for your child’s lunch that doesn’t skimp on protein or flavor.
This classic sandwich has plenty of buttery, crunch. Substitute slices of whole grain bread, and top the slices of cheese with thin slices of your child’s favorite vegetable for an extra flavorful and crunchy take on this traditional favorite!
Don’t Forget About Dessert
Dessert recipes can be an easy way to secretly add in some extra vegetables to your child’s diet.
Black Bean Brownies
For a delicious and decadent dessert, just substitute 1 cup of cooked, drained and mashed black beans for 1 cup of the flour that you use in your traditional brownie recipe. Your child will never taste the difference, and will be getting an extra dose of protein and fiber as they enjoy this sweet treat!
No Bake Nut Free Bars
These slices are fast and easy to make and fun to eat! In a food processor pulse together until well combined 3 cups of sliced or chopped dates that have been pitted and 3 cups of oats. Add a tablespoon or two of water to help the mixture form into a soft ball and spread into a ½’ inch to 1″inch deep baking pan that has been lined with wax or parchment paper. Spread an additional spoonful or tow of oats on top of the batter, and place the pan in the freezer for 2 hours or overnight. When ready, remove the pan from the freezer and slice into bars for serving.
What do you think of our healthy lunchtime treats? Have you made any of these recipes? Why not share your favorite go to lunch recipe for kids with other parents in the comments section below?