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This month is all about healthy lunches! Our main focus is on kids heading back to school but you’ll also find these tips and ideas helpful if have toddlers at home or for lunch ideas for yourself!

This month is all about healthy lunches! Our main focus is on kids heading back to school but you’ll also find these tips and ideas helpful if have toddlers at home or for lunch ideas for yourself! 

I still feed my kids a little bit of dairy and gluten because they seem to tollerate it ok. So you’ll notice some of suggestions contain dairy and gluten. Most recipes below are allergy friendly so if your child doesn’t tollerate it well, there are lots of choices.

 

HEALTHY (SCHOOL SAFE) SNACK RECIPES

see below images for the list of recipe links

popcorn with sea salt and butter (brown bag method)

sweet and salty popcorn

slow cooker energy bars (nut free)

kid friendly energy bites

healthy muffins

lemon poppyseed muffins

lemon raspberry coconut muffins 

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Dessert Hummus

Plantain Chips 

Brownie Batter Protein Balls 

sweet and crunchy roasted chickpeas

healthy cookies 

chocolate avocado pudding

carrot cake chia pudding (minus walnuts for nut free)

blueberry chia parfait

raspberry chia breakfast parfait (minus almonds for nut free)

blueberry beet chia pudding

apple cinnamon overnight oats

slow cooker apple sauce

warm apples with cinnamon

homemade smoothie (in a mini thermos and include a straw)

strawberry banana smoothie 

key lime mousse

grapes

pineapple

banana

melon

kiwi

apple slices (with lemon juice to keep from browning)

watermelon

blueberries

strawberries

apricots 

chocolate stuffed raspberries

fruit salad

raw veggies (carrot, celery, snap peas, peppers, cucumber)

celery with sunflower seed butter

hummus dippers 

dried fruit (dates, prunes, mango, raisins, dried cranberries)

trail mix (rice cakes, popcorn, dried fruit, seeds, dark chocolate chips, nuts – if allowed)

endurance crackers

homemade nacho cheese “doritos”

gingerbread brownies

guacamole (with brown rice chips or veggies or crackers) 

Boiled eggs

 

QUICK & SIMPLE STORE BOUGHT SNACKS

unsweetened apple sauce cups

rice cakes (with cheese, deli meat, avocado or hummus 

Made Good Granola bars (or other ‘clean’ bar)

crackers (mary’s organic if my fav) 

store bought fruit cups (in water not juice)

store bought fruit pouches

yogurt (dairy or non dairy) look for higher fat and lower sugar

pickles or pickled carrots

Cheese sticks, cubes or sliced cheese (skip the “cheese slices”)

mini raisin packs

seaweed snacks (I get mine from costco)

 

 

 

KID-FRIENDLY LUNCH IDEAS

(THAT AREN’T JUST SANDWICHES)

Some of my favourite kid-friendly lunches are using a bento box style lunch box and filling it with lots of variety. I like to pick and choose between some of the snack ideas above and lunch ideas below, always trying to include some sort of vegetable with lunch (usually raw veggies)

 

 

Supper leftovers (easiest lunch but not always most kid friendly) 

Banana oatmeal pancake sticks with maple syrup dip

French toast sticks with maple syrup dip

apple cinnamon overnight oats

Pita pizzas (you might have better luck adding veg to the pizza if you have your kids choose what veg and help in making it. These can be made ahead and frozen).

Bento box style lunch including crackers, or pita chips or plantain chips along with protien of choice (chicken, deli meat, boiled egg) and raw veggies, cheese. Optional extras – hummus, guacamole, homemade nutella

Annie’s Mac n Cheese or Mac n Cheese Bites 

Plantain Chips 

 sweet and crunchy roasted chickpeas

raw veggies (carrot, celery, snap peas, peppers, cucumber) 

celery with sunflower seed butter

hummus dippers 

endurance crackers

guacamole (with brown rice chips or veggies or crackers) 

Boiled eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Prep:

– wash and chop lettuce, store in ziplock bags to save space.
– wash and chop raw veggies
– wash and package a variety of fruit
– make up your favourite bar or healthy cookie recipe

More ideas…

– Make up mason jar salads

– Make up smoothie packs (see 2017 prep)

– Make pancakes and freeze between parchment paper

– Bake chicken breast and freeze to add to lunch salads or dinner

LUNCHBOX TIPS

Check out my favourite Lunchboxes here and the pros and cons to each. 

Turn any container into a bento box style kit by using silicone liners

Save your apple sauce cups or fruit cups and use them as a dip, cracker or topping holder with a wide mouth mason jar -however glass is likely not the best idea to send to school 😉 Find some great ideas here using the jar/cup combo. 

Create snack stations and lunchbox stations in your pantry and fridge

AND…these are one of my new favourite lunch-on-the-go recipes, not for the kids, but for the mamas (or dads). Lettuce wrap subs!