Healthy School Lunches & Snacks

The Lead june 2016 - Lifetime Benefit Solutions

Healthy School Lunches & Snackshealthy school lunch recipe

If lunches of PB&J and turkey and cheese sandwiches leave your child headed straight for the lunch line or vending machines, it’s time to re-think that brown bag lunch. There are plenty of healthy recipes that will keep your child satisfied throughout the day while also giving you peace of mind that they’re eating a balanced diet.

Snacks:

  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • Tortilla Pizzas
  • Oatmeal Snack Cakes
  • Zucchini Muffins
  • Hummus and Pita Chips

Lunches:

  • Whole Wheat PB&J (serve with a banana)
  • Bowtie pasta salad with veggies and a greens salad
  • Whole wheat pita pockets with grilled chicken and veggies (serve with low-fat vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries)

Recipe:

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time: 10 mins. Total Time: 35 mins.

Makes: 6 Servings

Serving size: 4 or 5 wedges

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 small)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise, and place it flat side down on a cutting board. Cut the potato halves into 1-inch-wide wedges.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, chili powder and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Place the potatoes on a roasting pan and brush with the oil mixture. Lay the potatoes flesh side down on the pan and put the pan in the oven.
  3. Cook potatoes, turning once, until soft, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let the wedges cool for a bit, and serve warm.

Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories 171, Carbs 30g, Fiber 5g, Protein 2g, Total Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g

Recipe from Allison Fisheman’s You Can Trust a Skinny Cook cookbook

 

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