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Think Outside the Lunch Box

Annessa Chumbley, RD

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Aug 3rd, 2015

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Constant PB&J, although a classic, can get old really quickly!  Are there some fun, delicious, nutritious, and simple ways to change up that lunch box? Of course! 

Here are some creative but healthy ways to think outside the (lunch) box: 
 
Flavor Variety
Use a different sauce or spread; something as simple as pesto, olive tapenade, or sundried tomato spread on a turkey wrap really boosts the variety of flavor.

Change the shape!
It’s funny how important shapes are for kids, but it’s true! Cutting the wrap into pinwheels, slicing the apple into fry shapes, the cheese into cubes…all makes it more approachable and edible when it becomes finger-food 

DIY: make your own “Lunchable”.
For example, cut cheese slices into smaller squares, use small circles of Canadian bacon, a stack of pickles, etc, all in different sections so your child can create their own bites. 

Kabob-It.
Put pieces of cheese, sliced sandwich flats or pitas, turkey or ham cubes, veggies, etc, on a kabob stick so little fingers can easily slide off food and eat a fun and creative lunch! Serve it with a delicious dip for even more flavor. 

Dessert Swap-out.
Include some kind of delicious fruit in place of dessert. Our Strawberry-Lemonade Fruit Leather is a great sweet snack to include in a lunch box. It’s sweet and chewy, but has kept all the fruit so it has the health benefit of fiber and vitamins! 
 
Have a go-to lunch box essential for your kids? Share it with us in the comments! 

4 Responses to Think Outside the Lunch Box

  1. julie hoffman 15/08/2015 at 9:38 am

    These are some great ideas but how about some tips for different lunch ideas for the husbands who work hard during the day? Mine works where there isn’t a microwave so the choices are limited on what to prepare. Those kabobs sound like a good idea but need short skewers! Thank you!

    • Customer Care 15/08/2015 at 2:47 pm

      Great suggestions, Julie! I’ll pass your comments along. ~Jennifer

  2. Antoinette 15/08/2015 at 10:53 am

    How about adult & teenager lunch?

    • Customer Care 15/08/2015 at 3:04 pm

      That’s a great thought, Antoinette. I’ll pass your comment along, too. ~Jennifer

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