It’s only November – are your kids already tired of the typical packed lunch?  Packing and prepping wholesome meals doesn’t have to be a chore. You can prioritize their health and wellness this school year and skip all the processed foods and snacks with these new ideas to make nutritious & fun meals for your kids.

One fun resource for finding new ideas for your children’s lunchboxes is the Power Your Lunchbox program, which offers kid-friendly options and allergy-sensitive selections. The program, which is dedicated to helping families make healthier lunches during the school year, features more than 80 registered dietitian-approved, kid-tested & mother approved, meal ideas with fruits & veggies as a focus.  Plus, all their recipes are free.  

It only takes a few minutes to embark on a creative approach to lunch.  Plus, it’s a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.  You can have them use small cookie cutters to make fresh fruits and vegetables into fun shapes, even help mix up new healthy dipping sauces like hummus for their veggies.  

If your child is a picky eater or is on the more adventurous side, bento box lunches such as Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box and Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box can prove to be satisfying, power-packed meals.  Today, we’re sharing these simple recipes with you!

YUM!

Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
1/4 cup cooked turkey meat, seasoned with taco seasoning
2 tablespoons shredded cheese
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons guacamole
1 ounce tortilla chips

Assemble taco salad with lettuce, taco meat, cheese and tomatoes.

Place in lunchbox with guacamole and chips.

This is a great way to use up leftover dinner ingredients, too!

 

Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 1

16        ounces rotini pasta
6          mini sweet peppers, sliced
3          mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
3          green onions, sliced
2          cups baby spinach, chopped
1/2       cup matchstick carrots
1/2       cup sesame ginger dressing
1/4       cup chow mein noodles
1          kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/2       cup steamed edamame

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water.

In large bowl, mix pasta, peppers, oranges, green onions, spinach, carrots and dressing. Toss to coat well. Top with chow mein noodles. Place in lunchbox with kiwi and edamame.

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