A new school year means its time to start packing school lunches every day. And every parent knows it's a delicate balance between a packing a lunch that is both healthy and one that kids will actually eat. The parents and lunch lovers at Groupon Coupons have recipe favorites that fit into a tried-and-true lunch formula: a protein, a fruit, a veggie, and something fun. Pick an item from each category, and your kids will be happy to open their lunchboxes every day.
A version of the classic PB&J sandwich, this easy to make lunch swaps out a banana for sugary jelly and a tortilla for the bread. Use sunflower butter instead of peanut butter for an allergy-free option.
I don't know about your kids, but all the ones I know love to dip stuff. Whether it's hummus, guacamole, or cottage cheese, they will go to town. The key is to make sure their dippers are fiber-filled veggies to fill them up.
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We recommend plain greek yogurt to reduce sugar, but some kids don't like the tangier flavor. Add nut butter, fruit, and almonds for a filling lunch. These parfaits are especially easy if you buy prepackaged yogurt cups.
You can buy the pre-made meat-and-cheese combo at almost any grocery store, or make them yourself by wrapping a slice of deli meat around a cheese stick, or sliced cheese works just as well.
Milk and school lunches go together like peanut butter and jelly. These organic Horizon milk pouches are shelf-stable (meaning they don't have to be kept cold), which is ideal for lunchboxes and they have 8 grams of protein. For a special treat, choose the chocolate or vanilla flavors.
Always a fan-favorite of the kiddos, this school lunch version of mac & cheese is baked in a muffin tin and loaded up with veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or spinach hidden inside.
Chicken salad is personal—everyone has a recipe they like best. Swap out some of the mayo for greek yogurt and add in apple or celery for crunch and it's kind of healthy, even if you use canned chicken for the convenience.
Water remains the single healthiest drink option around. A folding water bottle like this one from Amazon helps ensure your kiddo is staying hydrated even at school. You can either fill it up and freeze it to use as an ice pack in their lunchbox, or save space and have them fill it up in the drinking fountain.
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