Convenience may be the No. 1 reason you choose to buy Lunchables and Uncrustables. The second reason may be because your kids ask for them. However, if you want to give them a less-processed, healthier alternative for lunch, you can prep these homemade versions of the grocery story favorites ahead of time and store them in the freezer/fridge.
To make your own “Uncrustables,” use 100 percent whole-grain bread, natural peanut butter and less-sugar jelly.
Flexibility is key
These recipes are flexible. If your child has a nut allergy, use sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter. Ask your kids if they have any healthy ideas for “Lunchables.” Feature their favorite veggies, lean protein, dairy and fruit. Here’s what you need:
Supplies: Divided boxes or plastic containers; silicon cupcake forms
Fruit: Grapes, oranges, apples, peaches
Vegetables: Pepper slices, celery sticks, carrot sticks/baby carrots, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes
Whole grains: Sandwich thins, pita bread slices, Triscuits or other whole-grain crackers
Proteins: Turkey/ham slices, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, hard-boiled egg, hummus
Calcium-rich foods: Cheese stick/slices/cubes, yogurt, milk
Dips (optional): Salsa, guacamole, pizza/spaghetti sauce, honey mustard, Ranch dressing, jelly, peanut butter, ketchup, BBQ sauce