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10 Kids Fun and Quit Lunch Ideas

By Cynthia
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1. Rollups

Rolled up whole-wheat tortillas filled with:
Cream cheese*, thin cucumber slices, and dill
Goat cheese* and roasted red bell peppers (sold as pimentos)
Peanut butter* and banana slices
Sunflower butter* and all-fruit spread (similar to jelly)
Egg salad
Hummus, cheese, and grated carrots
*Easiest to spread when the tortilla is warm…don’t forget the fun toothpicks!

2. Apple Sandwiches

Slice the apple, cut out the core with a small round cookie cutter, knife or corer, and fill with:
Peanut or sunflower butter
Raisins
*Can also squirt apple with a little lemon juice so it doesn’t turn brown

3. Whole Grain Crackers

Top with all the usual sandwich fillings or use two crackers to make little sandwiches.
Whole-Wheat Waffles (make them thin to cut the carbs) or healthy Banana Bread.

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4. Whole-Wheat Zucchini Muffins

Any of these options would be a fun stand-in for the typical sandwich bread. The waffles and banana bread would be especially delicious with some plain or flavored cream cheese in the middle.

5. Whole-Grain Muffins

Forget a sandwich all together and send in some homemade whole-wheat muffins, like zucchini or blueberry, in place of the bread. Most muffins can be made in advance and pulled out of the freezer the night before school.

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6. Whole-Wheat Pizza Toast

Incorporate fruit and cheese that you know your child likes as well as one new item. Everything is more fun on a stick!

7. Whole-Wheat Pizza Toast

This is much faster than making regular pizza from scratch and just as delicious. Simply top regular whole-wheat sandwich bread with sauce and cheese then pop it in the toaster oven….and voila!

8. Warm Lunch in Thermos

A Thermos is a great way to switch things up when it comes to packing lunch. Try soups, oatmeal, brown rice or whole-grain pasta dishes and leftover dinners.

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9. Homemade “Gogurts”

Try these reusable freezie pop holders. You can fill them with everything from smoothies to plain yogurt to store-bought applesauce and then stick them in the freezer.

These are just a few fun ideas to use to get your kids involved. Remember to make it fun and easy.

Cynthia Besson, LHT Revolution
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