Eat Smart: Ditch the boring school lunch!

Eat Smart: Ditch the boring school lunch!

Kids groaning and feeling blue about school? Looking for some fun spins on classic lunch box staples? Our dietitian, Shelly Marie Redmond, stopped by to give us fun and healthy twist on lunch box classics!
Kids groaning and feeling blue about school?  Looking for some fun spins on classic lunch box staples?  Our dietitian, Shelly Marie Redmond, stopped by to give us fun and healthy twist on lunch box classics!
 
CLASSIC:  PBJ SPIN:  PB Sushi
 
Ingredients:
Whole wheat wraps
Peanut butter (1-2 tablespons)
Sliced strawberries, apples, banana
Raisins
 
1-Layer on whole wheat wrap peanut butter and fruit.
2-Roll up, slice, and enjoy!
 
Shelly's Tip:  Use whole wheat wrap and raisins for increased fiber!
 
CLASSIC:  COOKIE SPIN: Trail/Snack Mix  (all recipes from loveyourraisins.com)
 
Honey Nut Raisin Snack Mix
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Cool time: 30 minutes
 
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown crispy rice cereal
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup rolled gluten-free oats
2 cups California raisins
1/2 cup California golden raisins
 
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add honey, almond butter and cinnamon and bring to a full boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in cereal, almonds and oats. Spread 1-inch thick on a baking sheet then separate into 1-inch clusters. Let cool completely then stir in raisins. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 6 cups.
 
Recipe tip: For crunchy clusters, spread cooked mixture 1-inch thick on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned.  Stir to form clusters and let cool completely. Stir in raisins.
 
Peanut Butter Pretzel Raisin Snack Mix
Prep time: 5 minutes
 
1 1/2 cups peanut butter-filled pretzel sandwiches or nuggets
1 cup California raisins
1/2 cup California golden raisins
1/2 cup roasted, salted or cocoa peanuts
 
Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3 1/2 cups.
 
Recipe tip: Stir in 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt covered raisins, if desired.
 
Cocoa Peanut Raisin Snack Mix
Prep time: 5 minutes
 
2 cups California raisins
1 cup miniature chocolate graham crackers
1 cup cocoa coated peanuts
 
Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Makes 4 cups.
 
Crunchy Cinnamon Mix
Prep time: 5 minutes
 
1 cup California raisins
1 cup cinnamon chex cereal
1 cup cinnamon sugar pretzel pieces
1/2 cup California golden raisins
 
Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Makes 3 1/2 cups.
 
Vanilla Nut
Prep time: 5 minutes
 
2 cups California raisins
1 cup cocoa & vanilla gluten free bunny cookies
3/4 cup honey roasted almonds
 
Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Makes about 4 cups.
 
Recipe tip: Stir in 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt covered raisins, if desired.
 
CLASSIC:  Fruit Bowl SPIN:  Rainbow Fruit Cups
 
Ingredients:
Various Fruits
Greek Yogurt
 
1.     Layer fruit in cup (by color)
2.     Serve with Greek yogurt
 
CLASSIC:  Fruit Bowl SPIN:  Spring Fruit Rolls
 
Ingredients:
 
Rice paper
Various fruits (strawberries, kiwi, mango)
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons of lime juice
Mint leaves (garnish)
 
1-Place rice paper in warm water for 10 seconds.
2-Place rice paper on plate.
3-Layer with fruits.
4-Roll up.  Place to the side.
5-Combine honey and lime juice in small bowl.
6-Serve rolls with honey/lime dip.
 
You can contact Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN, you can email her at shelly@shellymarieredmond.com OR follow her on twitter @shellymarierd and Facebook. 
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