Better Back to School Lunches and Munches

  • Written by Family Features
Making sure kids get balanced and nutritious school lunches and after-school snacks doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be fun.

If your child leaves most of his or her sandwich behind, use cookie cutters to create a favorite shape such as an airplane, car, star or heart. The fun shape might encourage your child to finish the entire sandwich.

A colorful selection of food and different texture adds appeal – carrot sticks and green grapes for color, whole wheat pretzels and crackers for crunch.

Put a surprise in your child’s lunch: a sticker, a note of encouragement or a small toy.

Children love the do-it-yourself aspect of building their own pizza or making their own cracker stack. You can make the experience fun and healthier by cubing Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and putting them in a bag along with some low-salt crackers.

Roll meats and cheeses for dipping into condiments – it will make a hungry child happy and keep them satisfied until dinner time.

Visit for more kid-friendly lunch and snack ideas like these.


Turkey and Apple Roll-ups

Servings: 1

2 slices Boar’s Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat™ Turkey Breast

1-2 Tbsp. cream cheese, low-fat

1 96% fat free tortilla (8 inch)

1/4 c. fresh baby spinach

1/2 medium-sized apple, cut into thin strips

Spread cream cheese on one side of tortilla. Place turkey slices evenly over tortilla, then add spinach leaves and sliced apple. Roll tortilla tightly, tucking ingredients as you roll. Slice wrap in half diagonally and serve.


Turkey Kabobs

Servings: 12

2 slices Boar’s Head Ovengold® Turkey Breast, sliced 1/4-inch thick

2 slices Boar’s Head Yellow Cheddar Cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick

12 grapes, white seedless

Toothpicks, long

Cut turkey and cheese into cubes. Place a cube of turkey on a toothpick, followed by a cube of cheese and then a grape. Repeat with remaining items. Arrange on a plate and serve.

NOTE: Instead of toothpicks, try using pretzel sticks instead.


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