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With school lunch prices on the rise, many parents are opting to pack their child’s lunch. However, coming up with a variety of lunchtime ideas that are appealing to your kids and are easy to prepare can be a daunting task. It’s easy to find yourself sending your kids off to school with the same lunch day after day after day. Keep lunchtime simple and easy by relying on kid-friendly staples, and use On-The-Go Snack Packs to give kids their favorite snacks in convenient, pre-portioned sizes. Kids love these snack options because they are delicious and fun, and I like that they have such a wide assortment of varieties, so everyone in our family of 7 can find a snack they want. Plus, they are perfect for our on-the-go family.
My kids, like most, want food that is yummy and fun. When I put together lunches for my kids, I like to include options that they can mix and match to great creative with their food. I’ve put together a week’s worth of on-the-go lunches that are sure to appeal to a variety of tastes. The components can easily be mixed and matched based on your kid’s preferences. My kids aren’t big milk drinkers, so their lunches are paired with water. If your kids like milk, pack it in for extra protein and calcium.
Lunchtime Idea Includes: Ham & Swiss sandwich with peanut butter on celery, fresh strawberries and Cheez-It Crackers.
For a fun twist, my kids like to add the Cheez-It crackers in their sandwich to add a little crunch and extra cheese flavor.
TIP: Cutting a classic ham & Swiss sandwich with a cookie cutter makes lunch more interesting!
Lunchtime Idea Includes: Fruit kabob, fruit dip, Keebler Cinnamon Toast Grahams, and string cheese
Kids can be picky eaters, but many kids like fruit. Take their love of fruit and make it into a fun lunch with these fruit kabobs. Try serving the kabobs with a tasty fruit dip. Then, kids dip both the kabobs and the Grahams in the fruit dip for a delicious and fun lunch.
TIP: Use a cocktail straws to skewer the fruit instead of a sharp or pointy stick.
Lunchtime Idea Includes: Turkey & Cheddar pinwheels with applesauce, almonds and Scooby-Doo Baked Graham Cracker Sticks
Creating pinwheel “sandwiches” with tortillas will bring a smile to your child’s face! I recommend serving applesauce with Scooby-Doo graham crackers. The graham crackers taste great with the applesauce, and the shape of the cracker make it a fun alternative to a spoon.
Kids can create their own mini cucumber tea sandwiches with Toasteds, cucumber and cream cheese. The dainty mini pretzels add sweet ending to the tea theme. My kids like to spread the cream cheese on their apple slice and then top it with the chocolate pretzels.
TIP: For extra fun, include a tea mix packet that they can add to their drink!
Lunchtime Idea Includes: Peanut Butter & Jelly rounds with baby carrots and ranch dressing, mandarin oranges and Keebler Mini Fudge Stripes
TIP: Making your own sealed peanut butter & jelly sandwiches saves money over store bought versions!
TIP: Sunflower seed butter is a great alternative for peanut-free zones!
Kids will love this less messy take on pizza!
Many of my suggested lunch components can be packaged into zip-top bags or plastic containers. So, you can pack lunches on Sunday evening to make lunch prep throughout the week a snap, allowing you to streamline your mornings.
These On-The-Go Snack Packs not only make great additions to kids’ lunches, they are also great for after school snacks, or any time you need a convenient snack when you're on-the-go. They come in many different variety pack combinations, making it easier and more affordable to keep everyone’s favorite snacks on hand. Plus, the portion controlled sizes help me easily divvy out snacks to my kids.