Power Lunch - Back to School Meal Ideas

As school starts again, it’s another year of packing lunches for the shorties. Here are some ideas to try with the ankle-biters in your life.

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Make it Bento Style

Shake it up with a bento lunch, picking items from each category. Have fun with dips and dressings to jazz it up.
Vegetables: Bell pepper, broccoli, cucumber, celery, cauliflower, edamame, snap peas, carrot, cherry tomatoFruits: Apple, strawberry, cherry, peach, mango, kiwi, grape, orange, dragonfruit, melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, dates, plum, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry Grains: Crackers, buns, muffins, granola, chips, bagels, popcorn, pita, rice cakesProteins: Deli meat, sliced chicken, tuna, pepperoni sticks, jerky, hard boiled egg, hummusDairy: Yogurt, cheese cubes, cottage cheese, string cheese

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Sammie School Style

Bread:• Multigrain• Sourdough• Tortilla wrap• Ciabatta• Sub
Fillings:• Bacon, lettuce, tomato• Ham, lettuce and cheddar cheese• Chicken, tuna or egg salad• Ham, cucumber and avocado• Cream cheese, cucumber, tomato and pepper• Turkey, lettuce and swiss cheese• Salami, mozzarella and spinach• Pastrami, gouda and tomato

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More Than Sandwiches

Here’s some more ideas on how to keep your kids interested in eating lunch. A thermos will keep these ideas hot or cold – just make sure things are bite-sized so it’s easy to eat.
• Spaghetti and Meatballs• Chicken Noodle Soup
• Perogies and Sausage
• Lasagna
• Pasta Salad
• Chicken nuggets
• Ravioli
• Macaroni and cheese
• Waffles and fruit
• Potato Salad

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Sweet Treats

Every lunch box needs something sweet to finish the meal.

• Banana bread
• Rice Krispie treats
• Chocolate chip cookies
• Pudding
• Jell-O
• Yogurt covered raisins
• Muffins