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Back To School Lunch Ideas!

With the kiddos going back to school this week, it is important to keep in mind the types of food that they will be given for lunch! The best way to monitor the nutritional value of lunches is to prepare and pack it yourself! There are so many simple and amazing recipes to make, but we have shared a couple of our favorites below!  

Pizza Roll-Ups

This easy pizza inspired roll-up is a kid-pleaser. Make crunchy vegetables more appealing by selecting colorful varieties like orange and purple cauliflower—and don’t forget the dip! Keep them smiling with watermelon or other fresh fruit cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. A few small cookies can be added for a special treat with the recipe included below.


  • Whole-wheat flour tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pizza sauce
  • Baby spinach
  • Shredded low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Turkey pepperoni slices 


  • Place tortilla on a plate and spread pizza sauce over it. Top with an even layer of spinach and sprinkle cheese on top. Microwave on high until the cheese is just melted, about 45 seconds. Carefully roll the tortilla up. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces, if desired. Pack the slices in a medium container.

Brownie Energy Bites

These energy bites are the perfect way to "trick" your youngsters into a healthier treat that is packed with protein and will help them get through the school day! Simply mix all Ingredients together, throw them in the fridge for 30 minutes, roll into balls, pack for lunch, and ENJOY!

Cinnamon Apple Chips

What kid doesn't love chips!? These crisp apple chips are an amazing alternative to throw in the lunch box rather than a bag of potato chips from the store!


  • Apples
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • A pinch of cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice the apples into THIN "chips'
  • Toss the apple slices in  fresh squeezed lemon juice, and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top
  • Arrange the apples in a single layer on the parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Bake for 1 hour then remove them from the oven.
  • Carefully flip over apple chips, then return them to the oven and bake for about 50 minutes.
  • Remove the apple chips from the oven and let cool completely. Store in a sealed container.
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Posted by Tyler Congemi
Tyler Congemi
Tyler works in Hometown Pharmacy's Marketing Department as the Digital Media Manager and enjoys spreading factual content that can help individuals make positive strides towards their health! Be sure to checkout Hometown's Facebook and Instagram pages to see more great content!