Back to School Lunches

With the start of school, it’s important to keep your kids (and yourself) healthy. One way to achieve that is through a balanced diet. Packing your children’s lunches is one way to ensure they stay healthy and energized throughout the day. With these easy recipes, you can make lunchtime at school nutrient-rich.

Garlic Hummus

3 Cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 Cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

½ Teaspoon salt

¼ Teaspoon pepper

2 Teaspoons ground cumin

¼ Cup lemon juice

¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil

½ Cup water

  1. Put all ingredients, except water, into a blender.

  2. Puree and mix until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, drizzle in a little water.

  3. Scoop out and put into individual Tupperware. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

  4. Pack baked pita chips or baby carrots for dipping.

Peanut Butter Date Bars

2 Cup rolled oats

2 Tablespoons chia seeds

1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

¼ Cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¼ Cup date syrup

¼ Cup unsalted peanut butter

¼ Teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ Cup dark chocolate chips, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. In a bowl combine oats, seeds, and coconut.

  3. Add syrup to a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until bubbly. Stir in peanut butter and mix until smooth.

  4. Pour the mixture over the oats and combine.

  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread mixture onto it. With another piece of parchment, press the mixture down to an even layer.

  6. Place in the oven and lower heat to 300. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until just starting to turn brown.

  7. Immediately after removing from oven, sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

  8. While the mixture is still warm, cut into squares or rectangles. Let cool before storing in an air-tight container.

Rollwiches – 2 ways

1-6 inch Tortilla, preferably whole wheat or whole grain

Peanut or other nut/seed butter

½ Banana, sliced

  1. Spread an even layer of nut butter on the tortilla. Place banana slices on top.

  2. Roll the tortilla. Once rolled, cut into 2 pieces.

1-6 inch Tortilla, preferably whole wheat or whole grain

1 Slice ham, turkey, or other favorite meat. (You can also use Tofurky).

1 Slice favorite cheese

  1. Place meat and cheese on tortilla.

  2. Roll the tortilla. Once rolled, cut into 2 pieces.

Cheddar Crackers

8 Ounces sharp cheddar, grated

1 Cup flour

4 Tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

½ Teaspoon salt

Pinch of cayenne

3 Tablespoons ice water

  1. Put the cheddar, flour, butter, salt, and cayenne in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles sand. Add ice water and pulse until dough come together. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat.

  3. Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut into small squares. Transfer to baking sheet.

  4. Bake until golden, about 15-17 minutes. Allow to cool before storing.

Remember to add fruits and veggies to lunchboxes. My favorite combos are: apple slices and grapes; sliced cucumbers and peppers; carrot sticks.

Also remember to keep it fun! Have kids help prepare their meals.

CJ LaRose is a Senior Supervisor and Bookkeeper at The Healthy Grocer. She is passionate about gardening and living a healthy lifestyle.

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