School lunch ideas: No more trading lunches

Aug 17, 2010 at 4:38 p.m. ET

Did you know your kids were into day trading? Well... school lunch trading, that is. To keep your children from saying “I’ll trade my pudding and sandwich for your fruit snacks” check out these great lunch tips and school lunch ideas that your kids will love.

Simple school lunch ideas

By nature we all eat first with our eyes and the same is true for your child. Purchase bright colored re-usable containers, stickers and bags to stay away from the boring brown bag. Colorful straws can even make the most mundane (and healthy) beverages more enticing.

Garnish Your Lunch Sandwich

Get creative with garnish and make that sandwich stand out with a pretty flower made of radish slices for petals, a carrot slice as the main body of the flower and a chive for the stem. You can also use pickles the same way to create a smiley face, shining sun, or your own designs.

Also try cookie cutters on your bread for an extra-artistic touch your kids will love!

Creative Sandwich Ideas

Pancake Sandwich:
Change it up a bit and get away from the same old sliced bread! Give your kids the taste of dessert in a sandwich. Pancakes -- yes pancakes -- and homemade or store bought crepes become the bread for your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or nutella and fresh or preserved fruit.

Apple pie sandwich:
Apple Pie Sandwich? Yes please! Waffles with almond butter, sliced apples or pears, and raisins will have your kids wondering how you did it.

Savory sandwich:
Need something more rich and savory? Try Tahini or artesian bread with vegetable cream cheese and ham garnished with pickles.

Chocolate-covered strawberry sandwich:
A chocolate sandwich for lunch? You got it! Using crepes or pancakes as the bread, combine strawberry jam with nutella and you have a home run hit.

True dessert sandwich:
And to add in an extra treat for dessert, try this delicious dessert sandwich. Using Rice Krispie treats as the "bread" add marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips and then roll them in toasted coconut or sprinkles for that exciting bakery look!

Pita crunchies instead of chips

  1. Cut Pita bread into geometric shapes.
  2. Brush them with extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Season them with fun toppings like cinnamon and sugar, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake on a cookie sheet on the middle rack at 300 degrees until crispy (approx. 10 minutes).

Vegetable coins

Boil fingerling potatoes in apple cider and cut into slices, season them with a low sodium salt and pair with ranch dressing for dipping. Carrots can be done the same way and are great to dip in honey mustard.


Warning: The above food items may cause a stir at the lunch trading table! :)