Summer vacation is almost over and the buzz of new things is in the air. Stores have stocked their school supply sections. There are pencils and notebooks, erasers and crayons. But if you are like me, you want to make sure that your little ones have something good to eat midday to fuel all that learning they are doing. Here at Sparkle we've got lots of ideas for healthy meals and snacks. I've picked a few for you to try out. They are far from your typical PB&J. I know food allergies can be a concern for many schools so I've picked some that are nut- and dairy-free. Many of them are gluten-free as well or can be made that way.
These are by far my favorite lunch meal. They are portable and don't need to be kept cold unless you put meat in them. They are super easy to make the night before and the kids can help decorate them.
Open Faced Sandwiches
These sandwiches with brighten any child's day. It's also a fun way to get your kiddos to eat more veggies.
This is a great pasta that can be made ahead of time and doesn't need to be refrigerated or reheated.
Cream of Tomato Soup
If your child's lunch box has a thermos, this soup is great to include with some crackers or even the cheesy bone bread stick if there are leftovers from the night before.
Elephant Snack Mix
This snack mix is a great one for little ones need an afternoon pick me up. Use our recipe as jumping point and then make your own.
Avocado Yogurt Dip
This avocado dip is a great snack. Include some bite-size veggies and your child with have a healthy, fun snack to get them through the afternoon.
Gluten free Star Crackers
These crackers are so so so tasty and healthy to boot. The rosemary adds just the perfect touch. You'll be happy knowing your kids have a healthy snack in their lunchboxes.
Teeny the Toadlet Sandwich Stacker
These frog stacker sandwiches are so cute they'll have your kiddos hopping to get to lunch time. Find the recipe HERE.
Millet Crispy Treats
These puffy millet treats will remind you a whole lot of the rice cereal treats with marshmallows — but these are made with nut butter instead. If your school doesn't allow peanuts, feel free to swap with almond butter. They will be just as tasty!
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KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.