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Tips & Techniques

Lunch Box Solutions

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Packing a healthier lunch for your kids can be a challenge! Try some of these great tasting, well balanced lunches.
Tacos to Go

Tacos to Go

Kids love feeling like they are an important part of day to day life, and that includes their lunch!

Now they can enjoy one of their favorite dinner meals at lunch and have fun too! Have your child pick out what “toppings” they want on their taco – in addition to the above, cucumbers, corn kernels, bell peppers and avocados all work well. Serve with a carton of NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE® 100% JUICE.

This recipe can also be prepared using left over chicken from the Slow Cooker Arroz con Pollo. Simply shred the leftover chicken with two forks and use instead of the ground turkey.

 

Pinwheel Sandwiches

Pinwheel Sandwiches

These Pinwheel Sandwiches are super simple and fun to make. Get your kids involved in the stacking and rolling. Serve with carrot sticks and your kid's favorite salad dressing, and treat them with some Fun Size WONKA® NERDS®.

Surprise them with chocolate milk - a delicious drink that delivers on their calcium needs. Simply place a frozen ice pack in the lunch box to keep the ready to drink NESQUIK® cool.

Spinach Frittata

Spinach Frittata

This Spinach Frittata is a savory baked egg dish that provides a sophisticated lunch alternative for older kids or for you at the office that's packed with protein and iron. Cut the frittata into wedges, serve with a side salad, a bottle of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® water and a fun-size BUTTERFINGER®.

Nutritional Fact: spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant

Crispy Chicken Tender Wraps

Crispy Chicken Tender Wraps

These chicken tenders are coated with cornflakes and then baked making them a healthier version of crispy chicken nuggets. Serve with some fresh fruit and a bottle of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® water.

Finger-friendly Foods

Finger-friendly Foods

This lunchbox idea features finger-licking foods like an Easy Cheese Empanada and Graham crackers with Pumpkin Apple Butter. Pack a bottle of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® water and a fun-size Butterfinger and your kid will be the envy at lunchtime.

Tip: To keep empanada warm, heat an insulated container (thermos) with hot water. Heat empanada in microwave and wrap in foil. Pour out water and place wrapped empanada in container.

Mac n' Cheese Makeover

Mac n' Cheese Makeover

This spin on traditional mac n' cheese helps ensure your child gets the recommended amount of veggies they need at lunchtime. Serve with some fresh fruit and a carton of NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE® Fruitifuls and a treat like fun-size WONKA® NERDS®.

Tip: To ensure a pleasing texture, use freshly grated carrots (not store bought). Additional add-ins include: Salsa, canned diced tomatoes or corn kernels.

Bite-Size Lasagna Cups

Bite-Size Lasagna Cups

These bite-size Lasagna Cups are a delicious spin on leftovers. Serve alongside your child's favorite fruits & veggies and a bottle of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® water as seen here.

Tip: To keep Lasagna Cups warm, heat an insulated container (thermos) with hot water. Heat lasagna cup in microwave and wrap in foil. Pour out water and place wrapped cup in container.

Create a Special Message

Create a Special Message

A warm HOT POCKET® is a great alternative to a boring, cold sandwich. Paired with some broccoli florets and fresh fruit, it makes this a well-balanced and delicious lunchtime meal. Include a scoop of NESQUIK® chocolate flavor mix for your child to add to their carton of milk.

Tip: to keep HOT POCKET® warm, heat an insulated container (thermos) with hot water. Wrap warm HOT POCKET® in foil. Pour out water and place wrapped HOT POCKET® in container.

Fun Factor: create a chalkboard lunchbox! Using chalkboard spray paint, paint the inside lid of a standard metal lunchbox. Use chalk to write notes to let your child know you’re thinking about them.

Nesquik Peanut Butter and Banana Wrap

Nesquik Peanut Butter and Banana Wrap

Pack your child's lunch Bento Box Style. Set up food in shapes of animals or flowers to make it more fun for your kids to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. This Nesquik Peanut Butter & Banana Wrap is quick and easy and makes a nice addition to the weekday lunch plan.

Note: Peanut butter may cause an allergic reaction in young children.