Fill half of a whole grain pita pocket with tomato sauce (or small halved grape tomatoes), mozzarella balls and pre-cooked turkey pepperoni. No need to heat — just eat!
If your kids aren't wild about the idea of cold pizza (though what kid isn't?), you can fill a pita with healthy chicken salad made with chunks of cooked chicken breast (from last night's rotisserie dinner, perhaps?) mixed with a small amount of plain Greek yogurt and sour cream and chopped celery, walnuts and grape halves.
Cut an individual focaccia loaf in half lengthwise. Spread either side with a Swiss cheese spread such as Laughing Cow. Top with thin slices of green apple, then a bit more spread to glue the halves together.
For a super healthy yet inspired lunch that’s definitely outside the lunch box (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!), give skewers a try.
The options are literally limitless when it comes to skewered lunches. A few ideas:
Hummus is a low-fat yet protein-packed spread that goes so well with so many yummy veggies. Spread some plain hummus on a whole grain tortilla, top with some julienned carrots, red peppers and jicama. Then roll up and slice into wheels.
Even if your kids don’t have exotic tastes, you can still offer them a creative lunch. Make a simple meal of peanut butter on whole grain bread fun and silly with a fruit face. Cut a grape in half for the eyes, use a strawberry for a nose and make a smile with a slice of apple. Don’t forget to pack this silly sandwich in a sandwich Tupperware instead of a plastic bag to maintain the integrity of the “face” until lunchtime.
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