Back To School Lunch Sides

Your kids are requesting their typical sandwich (mine are getting PB&J and Turkey & Cheese), now it’s time to figure out what to put on the side. I like to give my kids a little variety while providing some nutrition and the bonus when I make them at home is that I control what goes in. What’s even more fun is when I enlist the kids to help make these sides and they get excited to tell their friends about how they made fruit leather and graham crackers. Keep reading for fun recipes to add some love to your kids lunches…

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  • Fruit Wands 1 of 7
    Fruit Wands
    Sure you could cut up some fruit and stick it in a container, then get it back to rinse out after school. By making rainbow fruit wands, your kid is sure to chow down with a lot less to clean.
    Make your own Fruit Wands
  • Peach Fruit Leather 2 of 7
    Peach Fruit Leather
    Just in time for peach season where you can get ripe peaches greatly reduced at the farmers market, which are perfect for making into fruit leather. You'll skip buying it in stores after trying this recipe!
    Make your own peach fruit leather
  • Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix 3 of 7
    Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix
    Fall is just around the corner with pumpkin seeds galore. My kids devour trail mix, and I love that it gives them that healthy energy boost needed for the afternoon of learning.
    Make your own pumpkin seed trail mix
  • Easy Homemade Cheese Crackers 4 of 7
    Easy Homemade Cheese Crackers
    Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a box of cheese crackers? Do you even know what half of the things on the list are? You'll be surprised at home easy it is to make a homemade version, and you'll be able to pronounce all the ingredients.
    Make your own easy homemade cheese crackers
  • Homemade Graham Crackers 5 of 7
    Homemade Graham Crackers
    My kids think these are the coolest things ever. We like to vary the shapes too, trying hearts, flowers, robots, and whatever else we are in the mood for.
    Make your own homemade graham crackers
  • Apple Pie Applesauce 6 of 7
    Apple Pie Applesauce
    Skip the wasteful individual packs and go for a big batch of deliciousness made from the heart. Pack it in reusable containers for a litter-free lunch!
    Make your own apple pie applesauce
  • Hummus And Veggies 7 of 7
    Hummus And Veggies
    If you are getting uneaten veggie sticks back every day, put some dip into the lunch box to give those veggies the kick they need.
    Make your own hummus

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