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47 back-to-school lunchbox ideas

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Here are 47 balanced and delicious lunch box ideas from Chef Kelli Lewton.

·    Orange Slices
·    Pear Slices
·    Trail Mix with Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruit and Dark Chocolate or Carob Chips
·    Fresh Trail Mix with Carrot Rounds, Blueberries, Pumpkin Seeds and Raisins
·    Whole Grain Banana Bread
·    Homemade Oatmeal Cookies
·    Homemade Protein Bars
·    Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
·    Homemade Blueberry Muffins
·    Cabbage Apple Coleslaw
·    Fruit Salad with Coconut
·    Homemade Fruit Tart
·    Gluten-Free Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
·    Whole Grain Waffles with Sunflower Seed Butter
·    Overnight Oatmeal
·    Homemade Pizza
·    Cottage Cheese and Berries
·    Green Salad
·    Cheese Enchilada
·    Bean Burrito
·    Deviled Eggs with Raw Veggies
·    Chicken Quesadilla with Broccoli
·    Yogurt and Blueberries
·    Individual Meatloaf Muffins
·    Chicken Quinoa Soup
·    Hamburger with Sweet Potato 'Fries'
·    Chicken Pot Pie
·    Sunflower Seed Butter and Sliced Strawberry Sandwich
·    Layered Bean Dip
·    Chicken Fingers
·    Taco Salad
·    Egg Salad
·    Chicken Salad
·    French Toast Sticks with Blueberries
·    Scrambled Eggs
·    Chicken/Veggie Kebob
·    Vegetable Stir Fry
·    Turkey and Spinach Wrap
·    Black Bean Wrap
·    Pizza Wrap
·    Chicken Caesar Wrap
·    Chicken Drumsticks with Veggie
·    Grilled Tomato and Cheese
·    Bean, Beef or Chicken Tacos
·    Cream Cheese and Veggie Pinwheels
·    Leftovers - Chicken, Turkey, Casseroles
·    Chicken, Cucumbers and Cheese Cubes mixed with Salsa
·    English Muffin Pizzas
·    Salmon and Cucumber Salad
·    Veggie Omelet
·    Salmon Salad
·    Whole Grain Lasagna with Meat Sauce
·    Bean and/or Meat Chili
·    Veggie Stew
·    Yogurt Smoothie
·    Sliced Banana, Sunflower Seed Butter and Chia Seed Sandwich
·    Celery with Cream Cheese and Blueberries
·    Coconut Chicken
·    Scrambled Eggs, Shredded Broccoli and Cheese in a Wrap

LINK: Back to school breakfast recipes

To support great learning, behavior and health you'll want to BUMP & BALANCE your child's lunches. BUMP up the quality of your child's lunches by adding in more REAL food and crowding out the fake stuff. BALANCE lunches out by making sure there is plenty of Powerful Protein, Friendly Fat & Colorful Carbs.
·    Cucumbers
·    Ants-on-a-Log
·    Carrots
·    Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers
·    Broccoli and Hummus
·    Green Beans
·    Cauliflower and Salsa
·    Sweet Potato Fries
·    Any other vegetable - raw or cooked
·    Grape Tomatoes
·    Apples and Sunflower Seed Butter
·    Avocado and Mango
·    Berries - Blue, Straw and Rasp
·    Red Grapes
·    Fruit Kebobs


Whole Foods Market APPLE SANDWICHES WITH GRANOLA AND PEANUT BUTTER
Ingredients:
·    2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
·    1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
·    3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
·    2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
·    3 tablespoons granola

Method:
If you won't be eating these tasty treats right away, start by brushing the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving:300 calories (150 from fat), 16g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 25g sugar), 8g protein

WFM PB&J BITES
Ingredients:
·    1 1/4 cup rolled oats
·    1 1/4 cup dried currants
·    1/2 cup no-salt-added unsweetened peanut butter
·    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
·    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method:
Place oats, currants, peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon in a food processor and process until smooth and sticking together. Drizzle in 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water so that the mixture comes into a ball. Using a teaspoon, scoop out a heaping spoonful of the mixture. Roll into a ball, pressing firmly so that it sticks together. Chill bites until ready to serve. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 week.

Try these variations:

1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup sunflower seed spread
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon   

1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup no-salt-added unsweetened almond butter
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg   

1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/4 cup dried currants
1/2 cup sunflower seed spread
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving:Serving size: 2 bites, 120 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 9g sugar), 4g protein



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