Easy everyday lunches for back to school
Turkey, Cheese, and Spinach Spirals
- 1 (8-inch) whole grain tortilla
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 5 to 6 leaves baby spinach
- 1 to 2 thin slices all natural turkey
- 1 thin slice provolone cheese
- Place the tortilla on a cutting board and spread it with mayonnaise,then lay spinach in a single layer on top.
- Lay the slices of turkey and cheese on top and roll the tortilla into a roll, seam-side down.
- Use a sharp knife to cut wrap crosswise into 5 to 6 spirals. Place the rolls in a small container that holds them together snugly to keep spirals from unrolling. (If making ahead, refrigerate.)
Watermelon: Use a 2-inch cookie cutter to cut a watermelon slice into fun shapes.
Carrots: Cut a carrot crosswise or at a diagonal into coins.
Milk: Fill a 4- to 6-ounce sealable juice cup with milk.
Tuna Salad in a Pita
Currants and walnuts give this tuna salad natural sweetness and crunch.
- 1 (5-ounce) can sustainable albacore tuna (such as Sustainable Seas)
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise made with olive oil (or more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons dried currants
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 green onion, sliced (green and white part)
- 1 small celery stalk, diced
- 1 tablespoon sweet relish (or more to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 pita pockets
- 2 leaves lettuce
- In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, mayo, currants, walnuts, green onion, celery and relish. Seaon with pepper.
- Open each pita pocket and line one side with a lettuce leaf. Scoop the tuna salad into the pitas being sure not to overfill them.
- Set each pita in a sandwich container that will keep them from getting smashed.
Broccoli: Lightly steam florets until just tender and pack with a small container of low fat dressing.
Grapes: Place green and red grapes in a small container.
Hummus and Baked Crackers
When you don’t have time to whir your hummus or bake your own crackers, turn to the healthiest store bought brands to give you a fast, easy school lunch.
Pack hummus and crackers in separate containers.
Olives: Fill a small container with pitted olives (they're fun for the kids to put on the ends of their fingers for easy eating).
Sweet pepper: Cut 1/4 of a red bell pepper into strips.
Orange: Fill a small container with fresh orange segments or canned mandarin oranges (drained).