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6 Back-to-School Lunch Recipes Your Kids Will Love

by Ann Ferguson

Now that school is back in session, it is the season for back-to-school lunches! Kids need to get the proper nutrition because they are always on the go and active. Lunch is really important to prevent a mid-day slump. These recipes will give you the confidence your child’s lunch ends up in their stomach and not the trash. Plus, they don’t take a lot of time to assemble, which is great news for parents.

1. Fruit Kabobs

fruit kebabs with grapes, melons, and strawberries

This is a healthy side dish that all kids will love!

What You Need:

  • Some type of small kabob stick
  • Assorted fruit, cut into small pieces or use a cutter to make fun shapes!

How To Do It:

Pierce the fruit onto your kabobs and you are done!

Extra Tip: You can make a fruit dip with yogurt or a combination of yogurt and whip cream for extra fun.

2. Peanut Butter Apple Crunch Wrap

apples and peanut butter snack

This can be used as a side or a main dish, making it super versatile!

What You Need:

  • Peanut butter (You can substitute with any nut/seed butter if your child is in a peanut-free school.)
  • Granola
  • Tortilla
  • Apples

How To Do It:

Step 1: Spread the peanut butter (or substitute on the tortilla).

Step 2: Cut the apple into small chunks or slices or use a grater to make shreds.

Step 3: Place the apple onto the nut or seed butter.

Step 4: Sprinkle granola on top of the apple.

Step 5: Roll, place in a container, and store in your child’s lunchbox!

3. Pizza Roll-Up

What kid doesn’t like pizza? This version tastes great cold, and if you have a picky eater who doesn’t like peperoni, you can leave it off for a cheese pizza roll up!

What You Need:

  • Tortillas
  • Pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella cheese stick

How To Do It:

Step 1: Check your cheese stick and make sure it is as long as the tortilla. If it is longer, cut to size then set aside.

Step 2: Spread pizza sauce onto the tortilla.

Step 3: Layer pepperoni on top of the pizza sauce.

Step 4: Place the cheese stick on edge of the tortilla and start rolling!

4. No-Bake Apple Cinnamon Bar

This no-bake bar is super delicious and sets in a few hours. You can swap out ingredients each time to make each time a new and exciting flavor experience!

What You Need:

  • 10 or 11 large dates
  • ½-cup of the nut or seed butter of your choice
  • 1/3-cup of brown rice syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (this has Omegas to boost their brain!)
  • ¾-cup of chopped and dried apple
  • 1-½ cup of puffed rice (or substitute with different cereal)
  • 1 cup of oats

How To Do It:

Step 1: Put the dates in a food processor.

Step 2: Heat the dates, nut or seed butter, vanilla syrup, and ground cinnamon over low heat

Step 3: Place oats, flax, puffed rice, and apple in a bowl.

Step 4: Pour your warmed mix from the stovetop into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Step 5: Mix the contents well and press into a coated pan.

Step 6: Store in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Step 7: Cut into bar-shaped pieces and wrap them inside your child’s lunch box.

5. Chicken Bacon Ranch Roll-Ups

chicken, bacon, and salad wrap  placed on a slate

Aren’t roll-ups easy? This one has bacon and tons of protein!

What You Need:

  • Tortilla
  • Ranch
  • Bacon, crumbled or bacon bits
  • Chicken, diced or shredded

How To Do It:

Step 1: Spread ranch onto tortilla.

Step 2: Place chicken onto ranch-slathered tortilla.

Step 3: Sprinkle crumbled bacon on top.

Step 4: Roll up!

6. Ants on a Log

healthy kid-friendly snack of celery and nut butter

This classic healthy snack is making a comeback!

What You Need:

  • Celery
  • Peanut butter (You can substitute with any nut/seed butter if your child is in a peanut-free school.)
  • Raisins

How To Do It:

Step 1: Cut celery into manageable sections.

Step 2: Spread the nut or seed butter into the celery.

Step 3: Place the “ants” (raisins!) onto the log so they are marching in a line.

Optional: You can sprinkle cinnamon onto the top and call it dirt!

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