|Trail Mix - perfect after-school snack|
School Lunches – pair one of the wraps or pasta salads with one of the sides for a complete lunch.Wraps & Pasta Salads I love wraps and pasta because they are more durable and less likely to get soggy or smashed like sandwich bread can.
|Tasty Wraps perfect for school lunch|
- Mexican Burrito: whole wheat tortilla stuffed with scrambled egg, veggies, cheese, and salsa. Extra Credit: This makes a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Plus, it can be served cold, hot, or room temp.
- The Elvis Wrap: whole wheat tortilla spread with 1 T peanut butter and topped with sliced banana. Extra Credit: This also makes a delicious breakfast and the beginning of an awesome dessert. Just drizzle with a bit of honey, fold over the wrap and put it on a grill or Panini maker and you have an amazing dessert quesadilla.
- Italian Wrap: whole wheat tortilla stuffed with chicken, pesto, chopped grape tomatoes. Extra Credit: This offers a new flavor for kids in a familiar way. Chances are kids have enjoyed the same flavors in a pizza or tomato soup. If they’re still unsure about pesto, just call it a pizza wrap.
- Asian Pasta Salad: whole grain pasta, brown rice, or quinoa, stir-fry mix, sesame seeds, drizzled with low sodium soy sauce and extra virgin olive oil. Extra Credit: If you use the leftover veggies from your stir-fry the night before, you have an almost no-cost lunch.
- Summer Pasta Salad: whole grain pasta, brown rice, or quinoa, sliced strawberries, crumbled goat cheese, chopped walnuts, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Extra Credit: This utilizes affordable and sweet strawberries while they are still in-season while the cheese and nuts add in interesting flavor and texture that kids love.
|Yummy & healthful sides|
- 1 cup lowfat cottage cheese with frozen strawberries
- 1 string cheese, handful of baby carrots
- 1 cup lowfat Greek yogurt, handful of frozen red grapes
- 1 slice Swiss cheese wrapped around slices of bell pepper
After-School Snacks – These are extremely important so that kids are not literally running on empty. Most school lunches are at about 11 AM and without an after-school snack, kids would go 6-8 hours until dinner. We need to refuel every 4 hours.
- Coach D’s Homemade Trail Mix: 1½ cups of whole unsalted walnuts (or almonds), 1½ cups of raisins (or cranberries or other dried fruit), 1½ cups of Cheerios (or Shredded Wheat or no-added-sugar cereal), ¾ cup of dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cocoa). Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Divide equally into seven individual ¾ cup portions and put into snack baggies. Extra Credit: This requires no refrigeration and is very resilient, which is great for an after-school snack. Since most kids don’t go straight home after school, this can be stashed in a book bag, ball bag, instrument case, or purse and eaten at any time.
- 1 handful of almonds, 1 peach or 1 cup broccoli
- Apple or banana with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 cup of lowfat Greek yogurt with 1 cup blueberries
- Celery spread with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and topped with raisins (ants on a log)
- Lean meat (turkey, roast beef) wrapped around slices of red or yellow bell pepper