Creative Crunch for Packing a School Lunch

E-Mealz, lunch, brown bag lunch, school lunchWith the start of school right around the corner so many things come to mind that require a parent’s creativity to get the job done.  One of those things for me is packing my children’s school lunch.  I am always looking for different but delicious, and let’s not forget healthy treats to send with the kiddos to school.  Trying something new with our children can be tricky so I wanted to share with you a few favorites in our home that may add some variety to your child’s packed lunch.  Enjoy!

Sandwich Straws


Slices of your favorite sandwich meat

Cubes of your favorite cheese


Skewer on a straw above ingredients for a perfect sandwich snack for the kids.  You can also add pineapple, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, or any other fruits and vegetables that are your child’s favorite.  You can also make with all fruit.

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups


8oz of dried apricots or your favorite dried fruit

1-½ cups of water


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2.  Line a 12×15 inch-baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

3.  Combine apricots and water in a saucepan and simmer for about 25 minutes or until fruit is soft.

4.  Drain excess liquid and place fruit in a blender.  Puree until smooth.

5.  Pour fruit onto foil and spread evenly with no holes.

6.   Place sheet in oven for 25 minutes, then cut off your oven and DO NOT open the oven door and leave the fruit in oven for 8 hours.

7.  Remove baking sheet from oven and gently peel fruit from the foil and place on wax paper right side down and press.

8.  Cut into strips lengthwise and roll each strip with the paper side out and store in plastic bags until ready to eat.

Pita Pockets

Fill the pocket with chicken or tuna salad or whatever your child likes. Or cut them into triangles and toast them and send them along with a delicious Hummus recipe.

Nutty Granola Wrap 


1 cup peanut butter

1 cup granola cereal

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons butter, softened

4 small whole-wheat tortillas


Combine peanut butter, granola, and honey and mix well. Spread tortillas with softened butter, and then spread with peanut butter mixture. Roll up tortillas and cut in half.

You can also make extras to freeze and put directly in lunch box right out of the freezer and it will be thawed by lunchtime.

4 thoughts on “Creative Crunch for Packing a School Lunch

  1. Gaynor

    Wow they sound like the most wonderful lunches for kids. Guess they’re good for big kids too!

    Great to see such healthy attitudes towards kids as obesity and diabetes is on the increase for children and young adults.

    Love your blogs!

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  3. Kelly M Dean

    I would pay double the monthly charge if emeals would come up with weekly school lunch menus. Assumptions would be that no microwave is used, only cold packs and a thermos. We need it to be economical and healthy. Tall order but you are the perfect group to help us with this problem!

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