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36 Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack. And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too. I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!

Take a look at how easy these are to make.

My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning. If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru. Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.

These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.

Everyone will love these delicious brownie energy bites, because who doesn’t love chocolate? :)

 

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

This recipe is from my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 18 bites
  • Category: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (145 g) raisins, packed
  • 1 cup (120 g) cashews
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.
  2. Add raisins and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture turns into the consistency of sand. Remove blade from the unit.
  3. Using your hands, scoop out dough and form into balls on the palms of your hands.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.

 

2 Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

8 Healthy Wraps for Lunch

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

If there’s one lunch item my kids get sick of really quick, it’s sandwiches. Sure, they love the classic turkey & cheese or PB&J every now and then, but then they want something else.

Wraps are the perfect way to add some variety to your lunches without spending a ton of time packing! They’re a great way to fill your kids up with veggies, healthy protein, and good fats. Simply grab your favorite wrap or wrap alternative and stuff it with your favorite fillings. If you need a grain free wrap, we always have a few packs of these coconut wraps around the house. They’re so good, you won’t even know it’s grain free!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

If you need some inspiration for your lunch wraps, look no further. These 8 healthy wraps are easy to make and full of good-for-you ingredients. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that you and your kids will enjoy!

1. Falafel Stuffed Flatbread with Tzatziki Sauce from Laura Fuentes

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

2. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Wrap from The Creative Bite

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

3. Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps from Bravo for Paleo

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

4. Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap from I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

5. Grain Free Lunchbox Wraps

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

6. Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps from So, How’s It Taste?

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

7. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps from Cooking Classy

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

8. Southwest Hummus Wraps from Chef In Training

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

6 This Edamame Hummus is the perfect healthy snack to feed your kids in between meals! It is filled with protein and fuels them up for the day.

Healthy Dip Recipe: Edamame Hummus

Need a satisfying, protein-packed snack idea? This Edamame Hummus is the perfect dip recipe to fuel your kids for the day!

This Edamame Hummus is the perfect healthy snack to feed your kids in between meals! It is filled with protein and fuels them up for the day.

It can be hard to find healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day. It’s great to grab a piece of fruit or a handful of carrots, but sometimes I want to feed my kids a more filling snack with a lot of protein to last them a couple hours.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

This Edamame Hummus is my go-to healthy dip recipe! It comes from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet, which is filled with healthy recipes for when your kids are asking for snacks before meals. There are so many healthy alternatives to processed junk-food snacks, including this Edamame Hummus!

Edamame Hummus

This recipe is from Laura’s cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame (soy beans)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or mashed
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Boil edamame in salted water for 4-5 minutes, or microwave, covered for 2-3 minutes.
  2. In afood processor, puree the edamame, tahini, water, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, salt, cumin, and coriander until smooth. Then drizzle in olive oil, mixing until fully combined.
  3. Transfer to a medium bowl and fold in parsley.
  4. Serve with fresh veggies or crackers.

 

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

8 Vegetarian School Lunch Ideas

All of us have our own dietary preferences. Some may be avoiding gluten, while others steer clear of meat or dairy. No matter what, we all want to give our children the most nutritious lunches and meals possible so that they can grow stronger every day.

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These school lunches ideas are perfect for vegetarian families or even those who want to go meatless every now and then. These lunches are packed with nutrition to keep your kids feeling satisfied all day! Did I mention how delicious these recipes are? Your kids will love them. It’s always fun for them to open up their lunchbox and find a delicious meal!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Here are 8 vegetarian school lunch ideas to help your lunch packing routine go a little smoother!

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

1. Hummus Veggie Club

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

A healthier twist on a club sandwich, this hummus veggie club will be sure to satisfy everyone! Creamy hummus replaces mayo and packs lots of flavor. Stack on any veggies you want and use whatever bread your family enjoys.

2. Enchilada Soup

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

This perfectly spiced enchilada soup makes the best thermos lunches. It’s perfect for upcoming cooler temperatures when all you want is a warm bowl of soup. Send your kids their favorite toppings, such as cheese, avocado, and pico de gallo. Make sure to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth!

3. Easy Creamy Mac & Cheese

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

This macaroni is just as easy as the boxed version, but with way simpler ingredients, so you can feel better about feeding it to your kids! Add extra nutrition by added vegetables such as broccoli or peas. Every kid loves mac and cheese, and I know your children would love to open up a thermos of this for lunch!

4. Falafel Stuffed Flatbread with Tzatziki Sauce

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

If your family loves Mediterranean food, then this recipe is for you! Crispy falafel is stuffed in a flatbread with veggies to make a satisfying lunch to please both kids and parents alike. Chickpeas contain lots of nutritious protein and fiber, and flavor!

5. Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

With apple season currently happening this fall, this sandwich is a great way to use up all those delicious, juicy apples! It’s a spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich with the added nutrition of fruit–win! Your kids might even love this version better than the original. Easy and satisfying!

6. Broccoli Tater Tots

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

Get some veggies into your kids’ diets without them even knowing! These broccoli nuggets are crispy and cheesy, an irresistible combination. They make an easy-packing lunch or great grab-and-go snack. Pair them with some fruit and nuts in a lunchbox, and you’ve got a super nutritious vegetarian lunch!

7. Black Bean Mini Taco Cups

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

Since regular tacos can sometimes be too messy for lunch boxes, these mini black bean taco cups are the solution! They’re easy to prep ahead and pack and are easily customizable to your family’s favorite topping! Try cheese, salsa, and even lettuce.

8. Hearty Vegetable Soup

These vegetarian school lunch ideas are perfect for families avoiding meat or others going meatless every now and then. Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

There’s nothing like a big, comforting bowl of vegetable soup to warm you up on a cool day. This soup can easily be made for dinner and then used for thermos lunches as leftovers! Make sure to use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian. Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand!

We hope you enjoyed our round-up of vegetarian school lunch ideas. Check out our other lunch ideas for easy packing!

3 We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

6 School Lunch Ideas to Sneak in Veggies

Almost every parent has been there–trying to get our child to just try a piece of broccoli or a carrot. Sometimes it seems impossible, but we keep trying because we want to feed our kids the most nutritious foods that will help them grow strong and healthy.

Let MOMables help you out at meal time, even if you have a picky eater who won’t even touch a vegetable. Grab a free week of meals to make your life a little easier!

Sometimes the easiest way for us to get our kids to eat vegetables is to sneak them into their food slowly. At first they won’t even know they’re in there, so when you tell them that there are hidden veggies in their food, they’ll be a little more open to the idea of vegetables.

Here’s 6 delicious school lunch ideas that will help you get some veggies in your kids’ diets!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

1. Broccoli Nuggets

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Crispy, full of flavor, and perfect for dipping…these nuggets are just like the ones your kids already love, plus they have veggies! Your kids will probably think it’s cool that the nuggets are green and won’t even realize it’s actually vegetables. These are perfect for packing in lunch boxes!

2. Homemade Veggie Mac and Cheese

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Take a family meal staple and put a healthier twist on it! This mac and cheese has hidden pureed carrots, giving it that bright orange color and slight sweetness. Your kids will love this creamy pasta, and you’ll love that they’re getting in lots of nutrients. Simply pack in a thermos the night before, and you’re good to go!

3. Carrot Zucchini Mini Quiches

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Mini quiches are the ultimate lunch for easy packing and transport, and these delicious carrot and zucchini bites are no exception! They’re cheesy and packed with veggies–it’s a win-win. You could even make these for breakfast and use the leftovers for lunch for a two-in-one meal.

4. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

This chicken and broccoli alfredo makes the perfect weeknight skillet meal, which makes even better leftovers for lunch the next day. Creamy pasta and chicken plus crunchy broccoli will make this recipe a family-favorite. Your kids won’t think twice about eating the veggies in this dish!

5. Zucchini Parmesan Waffles

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

You can’t go wrong with waffles for any meal. With these cheesy waffles with hidden veggies, you definitely can’t go wrong. As with the mini quiches, you can even make these for breakfast and make extra to throw in your children’s lunch boxes.

6. Crustless Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche Muffins

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

If you ever find yourself with leftover veggies (probably from your child’s plate at dinner), this is the perfect recipe for you. These cheesy quiche muffins can use up that leftover broccoli and cheese before they go bad. No one will know just how much nutrition is packed into these little quiches!

We hope you enjoyed these school lunch ideas to help you get your kids to eat more veggies. Be sure to keep checking MOMables.com for more tips and tricks to make meal time easier!

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