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After School Snacks

  • Veggies: broccoli, edamame, cucumbers, steamed green beans, baby carrots or red pepper (with or without dip)
  • Fruit: apple slices, red grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, raspberries, yogurt covered raisins, dried mangos, clementimes, strawberries, blueberries, dried fruit strips. Try for fruit that is in season.
  • Ways to mix up the fruits and veggies:
    • Apples and PB, banana burrito (banana, nut butter, chocolate syrup or chocolate chips rolled in a wg tortilla), crispy baked chick peas, crispy baked tofu with raw veggies and dip, soup, veggie sushi, stuffed cherry tomatoes, or a smoothie.
    • Apples with honey.
    • Apples slices dipped in yogurt
    • Make fruit or veggie kabobs
    • Cut up apples and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
    • Cut apples up, put toothpicks in, dip in honey and then dip in Rice Krispies
    • Banana slices on top of peanut butter bread with a couple of dollops of jam on top. Slice bread diagonally and reverse it so it looks like a butterfly with white and red spots on the wings
    • A trick: Take an apple and cut off the four sides, then reassemble it and hold it together with a rubber band. That way it doesn’t get brown and you just need to pop the rubber band off and the apple pieces are ready to eat.
    • Pured peas w/a touch of garlic makes a delicious “dip” with crackers.
    • Packaged guacamole (with carrots to dip if your kid is a veggie eater!)
    • Roasted cauliflower – sprinkle a little parmesan on top before roasting.
  • Other Ideas:
    • Applesauce
    • String cheese, crackers and cheese
    • Rice cake pizzas. Spread peanut butter on a plain rice cake and top with chopped raisins or any dried fruit such as cranberries. Cut into wedges.
    • Graham crackers and strawberry cream cheese
    • Kids Cliff Z Bar, granola bars
    • Rice cakes
    • Yogurt/Gogurt
    • Nachos
    • Goldfish or animal crackers
    • Fruit snacks
    • Hummus and pita chips
    • Popcorn
    • Pretzel sticks or tortilla chips
    • Cheese tortillas
    • Homemade muffins
    • Nuts
    • Avocado smoothie from Family Fun Magazine.
    • Trader Joe’s frozen spinach and cheese dip
    • Trail mix
    • Cinnamon crisps- butter a flour tortilla then sprinkle on cinnamon sugar and bake for about 2 minutes for a yummy treat.
    • “Mixed up” pizzas on mini pitas. Use peanut butter as the sauce, coconut or carrot shreds for cheese, and raisins, and banana or apple slices for the toppings.
    • Cheese & refried bean quesadilla
    • Seaweed wrapped rice (Geem-bop in Korean)
    • Kids Ambrosia: cut up fresh fruit, sprinkle lemon juice on apples to keep from turning brown, add strawberries before salad will be eaten, mix with a little bit of cool whip and store in airtight container.
    • Homemade waffles with almond butter and bananas
    • Ants on a log: carrots, peanut butter and raisins
    • Rolled up turkey, cottage cheese and fruit
    • Dried cereal
    • Homemade pumpkin bread
    • Ladybugs on a log: celery with peanut butter and dried cranberries
    • Chocolate hazelnut butter – good to dip apples or as a sandwich. Good alternative to peanut free locations!
    • Warmed flour tortilla with peanut butter and honey.
    • Chocolate covered strawberries is a fun idea and pretty easy. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and dip the strawberries in it.
    • Raisins with shredded carrots
    • Apple bites

Lunch Ideas

Get creative and surprise your child by using cookie cutters in the sandwich bread to make fun shapes.

  • Cream cheese & jelly, cream cheese & banana
  • Tuna, tomato & mayo, tomato & cheese
  • Tortilla rollup (veggies, tomato, hummus or other favorite filling)
  • Egg salad
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Cheese sandwich
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Lunchmeat (turkey, ham, roast beef) with cheese
  • Mini pita pocket sandwiches


  • Chicken caesar wraps (using Perdue shortcuts grilled chicken and Trader Joe’s whole wheat tortillas)
  • Calzones
  • Rolled up tortilla with peanut butter, grated apples and/or carrots and raisins
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Pasta
  • Yogurt with granola on the side + apples with sunflower seed butter
  • Soup in a thermos
  • Fruit salad
  • Tyson’s Nuggets from the refrigerated section that are fully cooked)
  • Cheese cubes and crackers
  • Cut an apple in half and fill middle with peanut butter
  • Rice in a thermos, small sheets of seaweed, and cucumbers cut into matchsticks.
  • When lunches are not kept in a refrigerator, freeze “squeezy yogurts” overnight before adding to lunch bag, they will then defrost during the morning and should still be cold at lunchtime.

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