Let’s face it: Your child probably has two or three school-day favorites that you pack over and over again (snore!). I’ll be the first one to admit; since I myself don’t have kiddos (minus a princess Maltese) I am certainly not the expert on what kids will eat. I also totally understand that more often than not, you’re dashing out the door to make the first bell on time. As always, I’m just giving suggestions and hey, who says you can’t pack a kid friendly lunch for yourself? On the blog today I am sharing a few simple ways to pump up your PB&J and some non-boring ways to serve healthy fruits and vegetables. I see an easy ‘A’ in your future!
One of my favorite sandwich ideas is this pumped up PB&J. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on a toasted whole-grain waffle. Smash ¼ cup fresh raspberries with a fork and spread over peanut butter. Top with another toasted waffle and cut into quarters. It’s so simple, but so much more appealing than your typical sandwich.
Let’s face it. Cut up fruit may not exactly be the most exciting item in your child’s lunchbox. More than likely it comes home half eaten, or even worse, not touched. Simply place cut up fruit on a wooden skewer or a fruit kabob that will make even the pickiest of eaters smile.
Even as adults, I think we can all admit that dips are AWESOME. Everything tastes better with dip, right? As I said before I definitely do not consider myself an authority when it comes to packing school lunch. However, I do know that most people (even adults) don’t enjoy eating carrots and broccoli plain. That’s where this Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip comes into play. It’s healthy, quick and a fabulous way to get the kids eating veggies.
Coming up with back-to-school lunch solutions doesn’t have to be a tall order, nor do you have to feel like a short-order cook. Give these ideas a try, and put together a lunch they’ll love, instead of one they’ll bring back home to you. It’s all about variety and if none of these ideas worked, I have some more ideas on their way soon.
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbs of ranch dressing seasoning
Ranch Dressing Seasoning:
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. dried onion flakes
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried chives
1 tsp. salt
- Mix 1 cup of Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of the ranch dressing seasoning.