CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Get out of the usual "lunchbox rut" with some new and fresh ideas that will get kids excited for the lunch bell! Lunchbox expert Nick Shields shared some tasty ideas!
Spruce up The Ole' Sandwich
Strawberry and Goat Cheese Sandwich - Remix your child's lunch with this delicious combination of cream cheese, jam and fresh strawberries.
Vegetable Pasta - Who said pasta is just for dinner? Try this light pasta for your child's next lunch. It's a great way to incorporate veggies
Chicken and Veggie Wrap - Make your child's day by creating a healthy and nutritious chicken and veggie wrap packed with protein! Wraps are fun for kids to eat and easy to make with last night's leftovers.
Pita Butter and Jelly - If your child is a big peanut butter fan but his/her school doesn't allow it in the cafeteria, try out this new recipe complete with jam, cream cheese and a pita.
After School Snack Attack!
Cook-free S'Mores: Spread Marshmallow Fluff on one graham cracker square, Nutella on the other, press together and enjoy!
Cheese & Zucchini Muffins - Toss out the blueberry or chocolate chip muffins you usually serve and substitute them for a protein-filled cheesy muffin.
Serving sizes - All types of snacks such pita chips and natural popcorn can be found in easy to send to school small packages. You can also create your own snack bags of plantain/banana chips, freeze dried fruit chips and rice cakes.
Know your children's schedule - Choose snacks that are low in saturated fat and sugar and high in nutrients like low sugar yogurt, nuts, colorful veggies like carrot sticks, red, yellow or green bell pepper strips, fruit salad, cubes of low fat cheese and guacamole with blue corn chips.
Tips for Parents!
Go Green! Make your child's lunch in a re-useable lunch box with the food stored in sectioned off containers. This is not only eco-friendly but will also help to avoid squished sandwiches and broken snacks, and it will keep everything fresh and separate. Try to send items they can eat with their hands to eliminate plastic silverware.
Send a cute note to brighten their day -Top it all off with a loving note which adds just the final ingredient to your child's lunch.