Stressed About Healthy Back-to-School Lunches? We’ve Got Ideas for You

It’s that time of the year again: summer is winding down, we’re rushing to get school supplies, and some of us are wracking our brains about what to put in our kids’ lunchboxes as we send them off to school.

Remember, your kids’ lunches don’t always have to be complex or time-consuming to make. Sometimes, the simple stuff is what gets them interested and energized. Young kids and teens alike are often on the move during lunchtime, so quick and filling meals are often what they look for.

Here’s a quick list of lunch ideas as school starts again:

  1. These vegan hummus wraps are quick, easy and delicious. All you need are tortillas, hummus, fresh vegetables like sliced cucumber, tomato, avocado, and some leafy greens like spinach.
  2. This three-bean chili dish, paired with egg muffins, not only make for a delicious dinner, they also make for great leftovers that your kids can take to school for lunch the next day!
  3. This pita pocket recipe is flexible: you can substitute the pita with tortillas, bread or naan, make it vegetarian (or vegan), or include meats in it. Invite your kids to build their own pita pocket – interactive activities like this often pique their interest and get them excited about healthy eating.
  4.  Make a quick and easy cheese quesadilla with whole wheat tortillas, and pair it off with some homemade guacamole and some fruit kebobs (melons, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and peaches are still in season and are perfect for this).
  5. French toast sticks with applesauce are great for the lunchbox. Add in some fluffy muffins and lunch is set!

This may be a stressful time, but it’s exciting too: it’s the perfect time to settle into new routines and new healthy habits.

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