Food & Recipes

Pack Your Child's Lunchbox with 7 Quick and Nutritious Options

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, August 31, 2015

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Aired August 31, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

This kids are heading back to school, so moms everywhere are faced with packing school lunches that are healthy, but also easy to make. Read on for quick, nutrish and delish options the kids will love!

No. 1: Porchetta Tenderloin on Ciabatta, Muffaletta-Style

This is a great alternative to sodium-loaded lunchmeat, because you cook the pork yourself and can control the salt levels. Make a pork roast for a weeknight dinner, then make it into sandwiches the next day! Easy-peasy.

No. 2: Dr. Travis Stork's Broccoli and Turkey Salad

If you want your kids to eat their broccoli, this tasty wrap featuring a delicious herbed dressing will do the trick. Make the salad the night before, and all you have to do in the morning is assemble the wrap! Dr. Stork uses a healthy brown rice tortilla for added nutritional value.

No. 3: Black Bean and Butternut Chili

For a hot lunch option, send this vegetarian chili in an insulated container. This hearty, meatless chili is loaded with nutrient-rich black beans and butternut squash.

Tip: Adjust the spice level to your child’s preference.

No. 4: Melissa d'Arabian’s Banana Mango Smoothie

For an added energy boost, pack this sweet and delicious smoothie in an insulated portable cup into your kid’s lunch bag.

Tip: Leave walnuts out if it violates your child’s school policy.

No. 5: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

This fun, sweet alternative to a traditional salsa will get gobbled up by the kiddos, and you can adjust (or leave out) the sugar to your preference. No way this one is coming home untouched!

No. 6: Cinnamon-Dusted Apple Chips

These dense, sweet little chips will make your child forget they are healthy, and they couldn’t be easier to make!

Tip: Prepare extra, because your kid’s classmates are going to want to share!

No. 7: Kelsey Nixon's Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

If you don’t want your little one to miss out on dessert, this is a great solution! This delish and nutrish recipe starts with protein-rich quinoa, adding in heart-healthy oats, potassium-rich bananas and good-fat-laden coconut and pecans.

Tip: Leave out the nuts if they are not allowed at your child’s school.

What are your go-tos when it comes to packing your kids’ lunches? Share below.