5 Fresh Ideas For School Lunches

When peanut butter and turkey have you and your kids yawning, here are 5 fresh ideas to add to the mix.

Food Network Kitchens recipe for a quick and easy taco lunch to go.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Jackie Alpers, Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

When peanut butter and turkey have you and your kids yawning, here are 5 fresh school lunch ideas to add to the mix.

Pasta

What doesn’t go with pasta? Turn veggies, vinaigrette, and a sprinkle of cheese into a healthy, fun and satisfying lunch.

Tacos

Create a lunchtime fiesta for your child's noontime meal. Use cold cuts or leftover chicken with vegetables, salsa or guacamole and the kiddie's favorite taco toppers.

Sushi

Turn a Sunday afternoon activity into a fun-filled Monday lunch. Make your own vegetable rolls -- it’s easier than you think.

RECIPE: Vegetable Sushi
Pinwheels

Try a new spin on cold cuts: pinwheels! Wrap up lean meats and/or veggies along with cream cheese “glue” to hold it all together. Then, slice into hand-held treats.

Hummus

Hummus isn’t just for dunking carrot sticks. Try as a thick and creamy sandwich spread – it’s a nice change of pace (and flavor) from mustard and mayo.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

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