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Healthy & Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas

The corn stalks have officially outgrown even the tallest kids which is the midwestern sign for one thing - the lazy days of summer are coming to an end. The humming of school bus engines is almost audible as we prepare for another school year with colorful new clothes and supplies. Getting back into a routine can be a challenge for everyone, especially when it comes to packing school lunches. Get a jumpstart on your lunch menu with these fun, easy, and nutrient-packed ideas that are sure to keep your kiddo’s fueled and ready to ace the day! 

Veggie Wrap with Ranch Dressing

Slather a generous helping of protein-packed hummus onto 1-2 coconut wraps by Purewraps. Stuff with garden fresh vegetables that are raw, roasted, or sauteed (Time hack - use our pre-chopped fajita pepper mix and antioxidant-rich microgreens!) Top with a drizzle of vegan ranch dressing from Primal Kitchen for a wrap your kids are sure to love! Pair with superfoods disguised as a cookie with either a Maxine’s Heavenly Snack Pack or a Kakookie! 

Almond Butter and Jam Sandwich 

Sneak some additional protein into your kid’s go-to sandwich with spelt bread! Spelt is an ancient grain that is packed with protein and has a more easily-digestible form of gluten. We’ve got a freezer-full of flavors - from white to sourdough to flax - freshly made by our friends from Berlin Bakery. Upgrade the sandwich even more by subbing out peanut butter for a Georgia Grinders almond butter. Almond butter typically contains more vitamins, minerals, and fiber than traditional peanut butter. Add your kid’s favorite jam from Localfolks and you’ve got a lunch option that is sure to be a winner! As for a side snack, reach for a bag of cassava or plantain chips from Artisan Tropic for a crispy, crunchy much-healthier-for-you alternative to potato chips. 

Hidden Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

If there’s one thing kids love unequivocally, it’s grilled cheese sandwiches. Put a spin on this fan fave with a shredded cheddar cheese alternative by Good Planet! Made with potato starch and coconut oil, this cheese tastes like the real deal. Finely chop some veggies and sprinkle inside to sneak some additional nutrients into your kids belly. A flavorful and antioxidant-rich granola snack from Supernola will round out this meal to make it a definite crowd pleaser! 

We hope you love these Peter Rubi Approved lunch ideas! And hey, why not get the kiddos involved in the meal prep process to start teaching them what clean, natural, and healthful foods look like! Food can bring the family together for learning, laughter, and love. 

What are your favorite plant-based lunches for your kiddos?

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