Today I’m featuring another fantastic guest post in my 15 Minutes to Fabulous series from Franklin, Tennessee blogger and health coach Dyan Damron from Don’t Diet, Live It! Enjoy and be sure to follow her on Twitter for more great tips.
As parents and kids get back into the routine of school and extracurricular activities, it’s a perfect time to start thinking about meals and snacks. While proper nutrition is vital, so is saving time and money. Each of these healthy school lunches and snacks for kids can be put together in under 15 minutes. Plus, they are very affordable, which is great when you’re buying notebooks, book bags, and clothes for back-to-school. These recipes are perfect lunches and snacks that even offer “extra credit!”
Wraps: I love wraps because they are more durable and less likely to get soggy or smashed like sandwich bread can. Just pair with one of the sides for a complete lunch.
Mexican Burrito: whole wheat tortilla stuffed with scrambled egg, veggies, cheese, and salsa. Extra Credit: This makes a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Plus, it can be served cold, hot, or room temp.
The Elvis Wrap: whole wheat tortilla spread with 1 T peanut butter and topped with sliced banana. Extra Credit: This also makes a delicious breakfast and the beginning of an awesome dessert. Just drizzle with a bit of honey, fold over the wrap and put it on a grill or Panini maker and you have an amazing dessert quesadilla.
Italian Wrap: whole wheat tortilla stuffed with chicken, pesto, chopped grape tomatoes. Extra Credit: This offers a new flavor for kids in a familiar way. Chances are kids have enjoyed the same flavors in a pizza or tomato soup. If they’re still unsure about pesto, just call it a pizza wrap.
Freeze the fruit or veggies the night before the help keep the rest of the lunch cold, and the produce will be perfectly crisp by lunchtime.
1 string cheese, handful of baby carrot
1 cup lowfat Greek yogurt, handful of frozen red grapes
After School Snacks
These are extremely important so that kids are not literally running on empty. Most school lunches are at about 11 a.m. and without an after-school snack, kids would go 6-8 hours until dinner. We need to refuel every 4 hours.
- Coach D’s Homemade Trail Mix: 1½ cups of whole unsalted walnuts (or almonds), 1½ cups of raisins (or cranberries or other dried fruit), 1½ cups of Cheerios (or Shredded Wheat or no-added-sugar cereal), ¾ cup of dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cocoa). Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Divide equally into seven individual ¾ cup portions and put into snack baggies. Extra Credit: This requires no refrigeration and is very resilient. Since most kids don’t go straight home after school, this can be stashed in a book bag, ball bag, instrument case, or purse.
- A handful of almonds and a peach
- Apple or banana with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- Lean meat (turkey, roast beef) wrapped around slices of red or yellow bell pepper
While these recipes are geared towards kids, they are great for adults as well. And no matter your age or ability, you can make and enjoy these recipes! So, it’s time to get back to school and back to health!