Although we’re in the midst of summer, a new school year is quickly approaching. One thing parents often are challenged with is making lunches for kids to take to school that they’ll enjoy while also being nutritious. It can also be hard to keep things interesting and go a little outside the box of more traditional things like a sandwich and chips that they may tire of after a few weeks.
Strawberries are a wonderful addition to any school lunch whether served as a fresh side on their own, or in a creative new dish that kids will be excited to try once they sit down for lunch.
These are some of our favorite recipes that add all the goodness and nutrition of strawberries into snacks and meals, which can be easily prepared and stored in a lunchbox for school. You can even make a little extra and take some along to the office for yourself!
These kebabs are a fun way to enjoy fruit for lunch while also having a little treat too. They’re both colorful and tasty, a perfect combination that makes you want to dig right in. You can share your love with your little ones in a simple and easy way with the heart-shaped berries, and if you’re not big on marshmallows, any other fruit could be added to complete this treat.
Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars
Our Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble bars could be the lunchbox treat you’re looking for. Instead of throwing in a granola bar or some fruit snacks, why not add a delicious homemade bar filled with strawberry nutrition that will satisfy your child’s sweet tooth? The best part is, you can make a smaller or larger batch that will either cover a lunch or two, or could last all week!
Strawberry Chia Jam Oat Bars are yet another bar that incorporates well into a lunch. If your child isn’t the sandwich type, these might be the replacement you need. With wholesome ingredients, and even some protein from ingredients like almond butter, these will be a welcomed variation to a main dish or side snack.
If you’re in a sandwich rut, this is a very tasty and unique swap. There are only so many types of sandwiches that kids really enjoy and over time they may lose interest in them after opening their lunch each day to find their PB&J or ham and cheese. Break your rut with PB & Strawberry Sushi! You can opt to make this more allergen friendly with different types of butters like almond or sunflower with the same yummy results.
Strawberry Hummus Pita Sandwich
Our Strawberry Hummus Pita Sandwich is healthy, colorful, and packed full of flavor. At first glance, this may sound like it’s for a more sophisticated or mature palette, but you can mix up the ingredients so they will appeal to your hungry student
Strawberry and Turkey Pinwheels
Not only are these Strawberry Turkey Pinwheels an easy crowd pleaser, they’re also easy to make ahead and pop right into a lunchbox or bento box for a tasty main dish that is a welcome replacement of a sandwich. With wholesome ingredients, you’ll know your kids are getting something in their lunch that you can feel good about.
Strawberry Cheesecake Chickpea Balls
Strawberry Cheesecake Chickpea Balls are a great little power snack and a way to sneak really healthy ingredients into a lunchbox. These little bite-size snacks may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but one try and they might become a go-to recipe!
Fruit snacks are one of those lunchbox staples that are often over-processed and filled with refined sugars and dyes. You don’t have to guess what’s in our tasty Strawberry Fruit Leather. With just 4 simple ingredients, you can create a lunchbox treat that will get gobbled right up.
As you create lunches for your family (or for yourself) that are easy to take on the go, don’t underestimate the diversity and nutritional value of strawberries. There are so many great ways to incorporate goodness into your lunchboxes.
From all of us at California Strawberries, we wish all families a healthy and safe school year ahead.