5 Fresh Ideas For School Lunches

by in Back to School, August 31, 2010
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When peanut butter and turkey have you and your kids yawning, here are 5 fresh school lunch ideas to add to the mix.

Pasta
What doesn’t go with pasta? Turn veggies, vinaigrette, and a sprinkle of cheese into a healthy, fun and satisfying lunch.
RECIPE: Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad

Tacos
Create a lunchtime fiesta for your child’s noontime meal. Use cold cuts or leftover chicken with vegetables, salsa or guacamole and the kiddie’s favorite taco toppers.
RECIPE: Take-To-School Taco Bar

Sushi
Turn a Sunday afternoon activity into a fun-filled Monday lunch. Make your own vegetable rolls — it’s easier than you think.
RECIPE: Vegetable Sushi

Pinwheels
Try a new spin on cold cuts: pinwheels! Wrap up lean meats and/or veggies along with cream cheese “glue” to hold it all together. Then, slice into hand-held treats.
RECIPE: Ham Pinwheels

Hummus
Hummus isn’t just for dunking carrot sticks. Try as a thick and creamy sandwich spread – it’s a nice change of pace (and flavor) from mustard and mayo.
RECIPE: Easiest Veggie Sandwich

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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