You do everything in your power to ensure the kiddos are healthy when they’re with you. But once they’re back to school, how do you know if they’re making good choices when they buy that school lunch from the cafeteria or eat the lunch you made with love the night before? We’ve put together some fun and nutritious lunch snack ideas to add some kid-approved spice to those run-of-the mill brown bags.
These options also incorporate five essential food groups for a balanced diet: protein, fruit, vegetables, grains, and dairy. They’ll definitely be looking forward to lunchtime! #ProTip: Get the kiddos involved, too! They’ll be proud of the food they helped make, and you’ll get to spend some quality time together.
Add small pieces of turkey or chicken to a wrap and/or sandwich. Meat contains protein, which functions as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. You can also include other healthy ingredients based on preference to create the perfect snack. Instead of preparing sandwiches the traditional way, opt for cutting their sandwich in fun shapes, such as stars. While they’re enjoying their star-studded sandwich, you’ll feel good about helping them get the protein they need.
Give them butterflies! Better than that, give them fruit butterflies! It’s easy to create these adorable, nutritious snacks.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ziplock bags (snack size)
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
- Glitter Glue
- Fruit of choice
Follow These 4 Easy DIY Steps
- Help the kids decorate each clothespin with glitter glue, paint or markers – whatever you prefer. Apply the googly eyes near the gripping end. Let dry.
- Fill the baggies with the fruit of your choice. Close the bag and secure the middle with your fingers. Clip with a clothespin.
- Finally, curl the pipe cleaners in the shape of butterfly antennas. The pipe cleaner should be about 6 inches in order for you to fold.
- Surprise them with this healthy, happy treat.
Create an assortment of carrots, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, and any other veggies that your kiddies like. Cut the vegetables in various shapes. From here, the veggie shapes can be used in delicious, nutritious food art or placed on sticks for a veggie kabob! Combine all contents in a plastic cup or container with a lid, in case they don’t eat it all during lunchtime.
A good old-fashioned handful of granola packed with love is exactly what kids need to fuel the remainder of the day. Grains contain many nutrients, including fiber, B vitamins and minerals. Make it fun by decorating back-to-school baggies, and make it nutritious by adding almonds and pecans.
Prepare a parfait! Layer yogurt, granola and fruit in a cup, then enjoy! You can use fresh, frozen (it’ll thaw out by lunch time), or canned fruit. Not only does yogurt contain calcium, but it also contains probiotics.
These options are great choices for packed school lunches, and you can always treat them to one of our flavorful, nutritious blends after school! Our Kids Cups Smoothies are an easy way to get most or all of these essential food groups, and they even include a multivitamin enhancer. After all, we know your ultimate goal is to raise healthy, happy kids!
Want more tips to make healthy eating kid-friendly and fun? Show us your DIY lunch and snack creations with #smoothieking on social media for a chance to win a Sneaky Chef Cookbook!