There is so much involved in getting ready for each new school year, from new clothes to new teachers, that sometimes what your little, or not so little, ones are going to eat for lunch becomes an afterthought. So, to help out all those hard working parents out there, we have compiled five items that are fun and healthy additions to your child’s lunch box! And we hope that these items are so delicious you might want to snag one for your lunch too. Check out the list below!

  1. Pita Pockets. These delightful sandwich pockets go well with most sandwich ingredients, not to mention they negate a lot of potential mess. You can go traditional, stuffing them with hummus and veggies, or all American, ham and cheese anyone?
  2. Fruit Kebabs. Fruit kebabs are a fun way to convince any elementary schooler to eat the healthy part of their lunch. Stick a variety of brightly colored fruit pieces on a kebab with a small container of yogurt on the side for dipping and voila, their lunch is twice as exciting! Party stores have all types of fun kebab sticks if you want to go all out.
  3. Homemade Sandwich Crackers. Store bought sandwich crackers like Ritz Bits, are packed with sugar and oil. Why not make your own at home? Take an additive-free peanut butter, spread it on some multigrain crackers, and sandwich them together. You won’t be able to resist snagging a few for yourself.
  4. Bean Dip. Beans are a healthy source of carbohydrates and iron, and dipping anything makes eating much more fun. Make your own bean dip, like this one from Eating Well, and include some carrot sticks and blue corn chips on the side!
  5. Homemade Popcorn. Potato chips are everywhere and it’s sometimes difficult to convince your child to not spend their allowance on a bag at lunchtime. How about including an appealing alternative in their lunch box! Homemade popcorn cooked on the stove is a yummy and healthier option. You can even create other flavors, like cinnamon or parmesan, by shaking the popcorn with a bit of olive oil and your flavoring of choice in a plastic bag.

What’s a lunch box staple in your house? Share in the comments!