Lunch recipes for back-to-school

School lunches. The image those two words bring to mind is generally not very appetizing or exciting. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

School lunches. The image those two words bring to mind is generally not very appetizing or exciting. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re looking for some ways to brighten up your child’s lunch box, there are some easy things you can do. You can even get your child eating more fruits and vegetables. Not a cook? Don’t worry!

PB&Y

  • Whole wheat club crackers with peanut butter
  • Low-fat strawberry yogurt with a fresh strawberry
  • Fresh broccoli, red and yellow pepper strips and a drizzle of low fat Italian dressing

Applewich

  • Apple slices with peanut butter (brush some pineapple juice on the outside of the slices to keep from browning)
  • Fresh grapes
  • Mini carrots or carrot sticks with a drizzle of low fat Italian dressing

Salad sensation

  • Ribbon salad: mixed greens, hard-boiled egg, shredded carrot and ham strips/ribbons (may drizzle low fat dressing on or provide in a separate container)
  • Grapes with low fat yogurt and low fat granola

Lunchroom star

  • Wheat thins with turkey pepperoni and cheese (cut cheese with cookie cutter)
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Fruit salad

7-layer delight Dippin’ crazy

  • Low fat tortilla chips
  • 7-layer dip: low fat refried beans, low fat sour cream, guacamole, Mexican blend cheese and diced tomato
  • Low fat yogurt with blueberries

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