Healthy Back to School Lunch Recipes

by OrthoVirginia Team

Healthy Back to School Lunch Recipes

It’s that time of the year again... back to school! Now that your kids have headed back to school, it is time to think about how to feed them a nutritious yet delicious meal. School lunches can feel repetitive, so we’ve compiled a list of a few lunch and snack ideas for your kids.

Lunch Ideas

Pizza Roll Ups

Ingredients

· 1 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla

· 2 tablespoons prepared pizza sauce

· 12 leaves baby spinach

· 3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella

Instructions

1. Place tortilla on a plate and spread pizza sauce over it.

2. Top with an even layer of spinach and sprinkle cheese on top.

3. Microwave on High until the cheese is just melted, about 45 seconds.

4. Carefully roll the tortilla up.

5. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces, if desired. Pack the slices in a medium container.

Source: Eating Well

Homemade Lunchables

Ingredients

· 10 crackers

· 5 slices of meat (ham, turkey etc.)

· 5 slices of cheese

· A few pieces of your choice of fruit (grapes, oranges, apples, strawberries)

· A small dessert (2 cookies, 1 piece of chocolate)

· 5 cupcake liners

· Tupperware container

Instructions

1. Take your meat and cheese choice and slice into thin pieces that will fit onto the crackers.

2. Take cupcake liners and add to Tupperware container.

3. Place each ingredient into a cupcake liner.

Source: Eating on a Dime

Tomato Avocado Melt

Ingredients

· 4 slices bread

· 1-2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

· cayenne pepper (for taste)

· 1 small Roma tomato (sliced thin)

· 1/2 avocado (sliced thin)

· 8 slices cheese (your favorite kind)

Instructions

1. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on each piece of bread.

2. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

3. Layer bread with tomato and avocado slices and top with cheese.

4. Broil on high for 2-4 minutes, or until bread is toasted and cheese is bubbly.

Source: Tastes Better from Scratch

Snack Ideas

S’mores Energy Balls

Ingredients

· 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

· 1 cup creamy sunflower seed butter or nut butter

· ½ cup honey

· 8 whole graham crackers, coarsely crushed, divided

· ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

· ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

· 36 mini marshmallows (about 1/2 cup)

Instructions

1. Combine oats, sunflower seed butter (or nut butter), honey, 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and cinnamon in a medium bowl; stir well.

2. Place the remaining graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl.

3. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and flatten it slightly.

4. Place a mini marshmallow in the center, cover it with the mixture, and roll it into a ball.

5. Roll the ball in the graham cracker crumbs to coat.

6. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Makes about 3 dozen balls.

Source: Eating Well

Homemade ranch with veggies

Ingredients

· ½ cup light mayonnaise

· ¼ cup buttermilk

· 1 teaspoon dried chives

· 1 teaspoon dried dill

· ½ teaspoon garlic powder

· 4 cups sliced vegetables, such as carrots, cucumber and bell pepper

Instructions

1. Combine mayonnaise, buttermilk, chives, dill and garlic powder in a bowl.

2. Serve with vegetables for dipping. Can keep for 5 days in refrigerator.

Source: Eating Well

Sweet Potato Chips

https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/256622/sweet-potato-chips/

Ingredients

· 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), thinly sliced (about 1/8 inch thick)

· 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

· ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. Toss sweet potato slices with oil and salt.

4. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake on the upper and lower oven racks until crisp, rotating the pans top to bottom and front to back halfway through, about 3 hours.

6. Cool on the pans for 30 minutes before serving.

Source: Eating Well