With the school year now in full swing for many kids around the country, moms everywhere are back to packing school lunches and snacks on a daily basis. Coming up with healthy meals and snacks to include in your child’s school bag is enough of a struggle, trying to get them to eat it is even more of a challenge.
If you find yourself struggling to come up with ideas for snacks and lunches for your children, then look no further.
We’ve found some of the best, healthy school lunches and snacks that your children will actually like.
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Super Ham Sandwich
- Ham and cheese sandwich
- Cottage cheese
Using whole-grain bread and natural cheese rather than a processed cheese will make this sandwich much more nutritious and healthy. Your child will be getting a great amount of protein from the sandwich and cottage cheese, along with fiber and essential vitamins in the carrots. A tangerine will also provide important antioxidants that have a wide variety of health benefits.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
- Plain greek yogurt
- Choice of berries
- Chopped nuts
Greek yogurt has a number of health benefits, from providing probiotics that keep your immune system strong to essential vitamin B-12. Fresh berries are a great addition to greek yogurt, you can add pretty much any kind of berry you want – try going for a mix! Chopped nuts and granola are calorie-dense and rich in protein, while flaxseed contains a plant-based omega-3.
This snack is perfect for keeping your kids full and making sure they have enough energy to make it through the day.
Perfect Protein Pasta
- Whole wheat pasta salad with cherry tomatoes and cheese cubes
- Greek yogurt
- Whole-grain crackers
This lunch will make a great meal for your child. Whole wheat pasta is packed with more nutrients than white, and cherry tomatoes are full of vitamin C. The greek yogurt in this lunch will provide all of the protein necessary for a healthy and successful day at school.
Half Peanut Butter Sandwich
- Whole wheat bread
- Natural peanut butter
A classic snack that will never go away, a peanut butter sandwich is perfect for those small cravings. Using whole wheat bread and natural peanut butter will make this beloved snack all that more healthy.
If a half peanut butter sandwich doesn’t end up being enough for your child, just give them a whole sandwich to meet their needs. Keep them full and healthy and they’ll stay focused, productive and happy!
Now that you know about these healthy snacks and lunches, you might be looking for an easy way to keep track of them all. We’ve included a printable containing all of these recipes and more that will have your kids asking for more, as well as a back to school grocery shopping list for your convenience.
If you want a creative way for your kids to pick their own lunches, we also have a fun “build your own lunch” printable coloring page! Let your children have a say in what they eat and learn about healthy eating habits.
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