The school year is still fresh, but if you’ve already run out of creative ways to make lunch, the prospect of brown bagging can begin to feel like a drag.
Improve your lunchbox IQ with a few smart lunch ideas for the kids (or yourself!). These tips from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine will get you started on the right foot.
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• Stack a slice of cheddar cheese on a Granny Smith apple slice, then wrap a strip of thinly sliced deli ham tightly around. Serve with a dip made of 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.
• Offer an unexpected twist on raw vegetable sticks—wrap them in bread that has been spread with cream cheese spread. The bites will look like sushi.
• Use a cookie-cutter to give sandwiches fun, creative shapes.
• Mini meatballs, mozzarella balls, leftover garlic bread, and marinara can go straight from the refrigerator to the lunchbox with no love lost.
• A warm lunch is a comforting change of pace. Try chili with shredded cheese on top and tortilla chips on the side.
• Tortilla wraps are easy to assemble. Try roast beef with shredded lettuce and Dijonnaise. Roll up, then cut crosswise to reveal the tasty fillings.
• Finger foods let you mix flavors and textures, and vegetables are fun to dip. Use cookie cutters to make cute shapes out of cucumbers or bell peppers; pack into a lunch bag with hummus or bean dip.
• Add some whole grains to sandwiches by using one slice each of whole wheat and white bread.
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