Summer is coming to an end. It’s back to those early-morning rushes and prepping to send our little ones off to school. Back-to-school time can be such a hectic time for parents, especially when it comes to preparing their lunches. I’ve compiled a list just for you, Informate readers , that will make it easier on you when it comes to deciding what to feed your kids. If you’re looking for something fun, delicious and healthy, you are bound to find it here!
I have met NOT one person who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This is an all-time favorite and your kids will love the new twist! All you do, is remove the crust. With a rolling pin, flatten the bread. Add PB and J. Roll it tightly and slice it! Voila!
2- Baked Banana Stuffed French Toast
French Toast hasn’t been the healthiest of all meals. But on waytoenliven.com, we found a healthy recipe that your kiddos will love. Spread a mashed banana on a slice of wheat bread. Use another slice of bread and place on the top. Then dip it into a mixture of nonfat milk, egg and cinnamon. Make sure it soaks well. Fry it on a skillet until medium brown. Then bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
3-Mango & Berry Swirl Smoothie
For those days on the run, make them a smoothie. These are known to give them their needed energy. In a blender mixed 2 cups of frozen mango with ½ cup of milk and 1 tbsp of honey. Make sure it has a thick consistency. Set aside. Then blend 2 cups of frozen berries with 1 tbsp of honey and 1 cup of water. Also, make sure it has a thick consistency. In a cup, pour 1 inch of mango smoothie then 1 inch of the berry smoothie. Top it off with a small layer of berry smoothie. Swirl it with a straw and enjoy!
For a more complete meal, try this recipe that includes all delicious ingredients. On one side of a squared waffle, layer a slice of cheese, one of ham and another slice of cheese. Top it off with another waffle. Spread butter on both sides. Use a waffle iron and press down. Cook for 2 minutes or until desired. Cut into 4 sticks.
5- No-Cook Kabob
Stepping into lunchtime, it’s hard to get out of that sandwich routine. Maybe a kabob will be nice for a change? Prepare small slices of your favorite veggies, hams, cheeses and fruits. And just slide them into the skewer. Pair them up with a few crackers and watch your kid become obsessed with these!
6- Classic Arroz y Frijoles
Rice and beans are always a staple in Latino families. If you have leftovers, this will make for a great hot lunch. Use a thermal to maintain their food warm. Just add your leftover rice and beans and, if possible, also add pieces of chicken. They will definitely be getting their top nutrients.
7- Homemade Lunch-able
Why buy them when you can make them? Save yourself some bucks and try this at home. In a box Tupperware, add slices of pepperoni, slices of hardboiled eggs, turkey squares, and pretzels. Don’t forget to add fruits. Pair it up with strawberries, grapes or a banana.
This is one easy recipe to make. Just add 3-4 cooked nuggets and shredded cheese on a wrap of your choice. Then cut up in slices. Use a toothpick to make them stay in place. In another small container, add low fat ranch. Use the ranch as a dip and enjoy!
9-Homemade Trail Mix
Add almonds, pretzels, dark chocolate bits, dried cherries, and oatmeal clusters into a bowl. Make plenty for the week. This is one healthy mix that should keep your kids’ stomach under control until lunchtime or for after school activities.
This is one fun and easy snack! Best part?? It only takes 10 minutes! Use 4 slices of bread. Your choice of bread, it can be flavored if you wish. Spread softened margarine on the bread. Then, evenly coat it with multicolored candy sprinkles. After, cut into triangles. Surprise them with this neat recipe. Their eyes will light up!