For the past 20 years, my kids have always brought a sack lunch to school. By packing my kids own lunch boxes, I knew they would be eating a balanced meal which included all 5 food groups. Including fresh or canned fruit in a lunch box is important for any child’s nutrition. Getting him to actually eat the fruit instead of tossing it in the garbage takes a little creativity.
Pack ingredients for a fruit & yogurt sundae : For a delicious lunch desert, your child can assemble a yogurt sundae out of ingredients you’ve included in his lunch box. I used to pack a container of my homemade organic yogurt along with tiny 1/4-cup containers which held an assortment of chopped fruit and granola.
To make a fruit & yogurt sundae, all your child needs is a container of vanilla yogurt, a small container of chopped fruit, and a small container of either Quaker granola, Kashi cereal, or chopped almonds. Remember to include a small bowl and a spoon in his lunch box.
At lunchtime, your child can pour the yogurt into the bowl, cover with the chopped fruit, and then top it off with a sprinkling of granola. We discovered that the best fruits for fruit & yogurt sundaes included berries, chopped strawberries, or chopped peaches. These healthy fruits should work for your child as well.
Single slice caramel apples: Sliced apples paired with a dipping sauce, and rolled in crushed nuts is another healthy fruit snack that kids will enjoy eating. You can make this healthy lunch treat using these easy directions:
1. Slice apples into thin wedges. Soak in a small bowl of water with an added quarter-teaspoon of lemon juice, then drain thoroughly. The lemon juice will prevent the apples from turning brown.
2. In a separate container, mix up 1/4-cup of vanilla yogurt with a tablespoon of brown sugar. Place in a small container with a lid.
3. Place 1/4-cup of peanuts or almond in a small Ziploc bag. Crush until find using a rolling pin. Transfer chopped nuts into a second container.
4. To make the single slice caramel apples, dip the apple slice into the brown sugar dip, then dip into the crushed nuts.
Sprinkled applesauce: One of the easiest fruit treats of all is applesauce topped with colorful sprinkles. I use to pack 1/2-cup of applesauce in my children’s lunches with along a small shaker filled with colorful sprinkles. There’s something about sprinkling decorator sprinkles on applesauce that kids find very appealing, and ensures a parent that this healthy treat gets eaten instead of traded away.