Healthy Kids Committee: Lunch Ideas

Happy 2022 Gledhill JPS families!

It has been a bumpy start getting the kiddos back to school this year, so here’s a list of yummy food ideas to help inspire your lunchboxes! I picked some brains and added some of our family’s go-to’s, but please share your ideas in the comments!

Hope to see you around the yard soon, Erin Spencer, Healthy Kids Committee

Between the Bread

  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Bagel Cream Cheese
  • Wraps: Cheese Tomato Basil
  • Wow Butter & Jelly
  • Cucumber & Cream Cheese
  • Spreads: Nut-free Pesto
  • Egg Salad, Scrambled Egg Wrap, Fried Egg Sandwich
  • Avocado Wraps
  • Tuna Salad
  • Salmon Salad
  • Mashed Chickpeas or Beans
  • Burritos: Bean, Cheese, Ground Beef, Lettuce/Shredded Cabbage, Salsa, Guacamole, Diced Peppers
  • Pinwheels: using a wrap, spread cream cheese, sliced ham, smoked salmon (any toppings really) and roll up and slice
  • Hot dogs or hamburgers (veggie options)
  • English muffins & cream cheese
  • Pita pockets

Other Main Ideas:

  • Mini pizzas (make your own w Naan bread or English muffins)
  • Spanakopita
  • Quiche
  • Frittata

In the Thermos:

  • Pasta (whole grain)
  • Tortellini
  • Ravioli
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pasta shells with Butter & Parmesan
  • Gnocchi
  • Toasted Quinoa, Chick Peas & Feta Warm Salad
  • Rice & Peas
  • Hotdogs & Beans
  • Chicken or Turkey Stew
  • Vegetable Stew
  • Mujadara
  • Noodle Soup
  • Warm Potato Salad

Snacks & Bento:

  • Smoked salmon or sliced meat roll ups
  • Hummus (or any bean dip) or ranch dip with raw vegetables (cherry tomatoes, sliced peppers, carrots, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower or broccoli florets)
  • Deconstructed sushi bento: Rice, avocado, cucumber, crab, seaweed wrappers
  • Tater Tots
  • Roasted Potato Wedges (with sour cream dip)
  • Chicken Fingers or vegan versions
  • Baked Tofu Bites
  • Sweet potato or zucchini bites
  • Daal Parathas
  • Asian Noodles
  • Edamame or green peas
  • Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Mini Pancakes or Waffles
  • Korean Pancakes
  • Latkes
  • Yogurt and Granola
  • Muffins
  • Banana Bread, Zucchini loaf, etc
  • Fruit and Berries
Friendly reminder to keep your lunchboxes nut and garbage free.
Here’s the link to the latest Canada Food Guide:
 
https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/

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