It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over, and the kids have gone back to school. But what better time than the start of a new season to break-away from the same old PB&J sandwich lunches and begin some healthy habits. Start the school year off with happy kids and nutritious lunches. We’ve pulled together 6 quick, easy, and packable lunches sure to leave your kids with full bellies and big smiles.6 quick, easy, and packable lunches sure to leave your kids w full bellies / big smiles. #Back2School via @cabotcheese Click To Tweet
We’ll start with the cafeteria classic – Chicken Nuggets. Our Baked Chicken Nuggets feature a yogurt and flour coating in lieu of the typical egg and breadcrumb combo, making for a much healthier version that the kids will gladly gobble up. Make nuggets ahead of time for the week, and store in the fridge or freezer. Pop them in the microwave in the morning and pack in an insulated container to keep warm till lunchtime. Sliced apples and cheddar cheese make a great pairing for this hearty lunch.
These Bean-Cheese Spirals are sure to please, and are super quick and easy to make. Simply spread seasoned black beans and shredded cheddar cheese on a rectangular wrap bread, roll tightly and store in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap. When it’s time to pack lunch, slice off one-inch pieces and microwave just until the cheese is slightly melted to hold the spirals together. Serve with tomato salsa or Greek-style yogurt as a dip!
Yipes Stripes! This is a super simple lunch idea, especially fun for younger kids. Simply stack slices of bologna and cheddar cheese and cut into fun shapes using a cookie cutter. These are perfect for bento-style lunch boxes, and pair well with cherry tomatoes or grapes for a tasty – super quick – lunch.
Next up, try our delicious Cheeky Cabot Cheese Turkey Pockets. This recipe is so easy to customize and packs lots of yummy (and healthy) veggies and protein – plus it features every child’s favorite “dip” – RANCH! Simply toss veggies, fruit, nuts and chopped chicken or turkey in a Greek-style yogurt, sour cream, ranch dressing mixture and spoon into pita halves. The pockets can be wrapped and stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
For another quick lunch, try these Gobblers with Cabot Cottage Cheese. Fold rounds of deli-sliced turkey or roast beef in half, and stuff with cottage cheese and dried cranberries. Turkey is rich in protein, cottage cheese is a good source of calcium and protein, and dried cranberries have lots of vitamin C – perfect to keep your child energized through their busy day.
For you weekend warriors out there, this last recipes is perfect when you have a little time to plan ahead. These High Protein Breakfast Granola Bites are a perfect lunchbox addition – either as a snack, or in addition to one of the above recipes. With ingredients such as old-fashioned oats, applesauce, almonds, and dried raisins or cranberries, everyone in your household will enjoy these delicious little energy bites. Bake ahead and store in an airtight container, or in the freezer, for a quick and easy lunchbox addition.
So think beyond the basics this school year and get creative with lunches – start those healthy habits now! Your child will thank you, and you will feel great about packing a nutritious and delicious lunch.
And I know we said 6 recipes, but here’s just one more. Who can resist indulging in a little something special every once in a while? Our Cheddar Cheese Fudge is the perfect lunchbox treat at only 81 calories per piece!
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