The season of evening lunch making, ample grocery shopping and weekend meal planning is HERE! You may be excited for these back to school days and the solid daily routine ahead. Or on the other hand you may be nervous for the littles and dreading the need to fill the fridge with nourishing eats. Personally, I prefer to make easy, delicious and school-safe muffins, breads, cookies, bars and the like for my family than to fill their bags with packaged goodies (though there are definitely times when I rely on packaged snacks don’t get me wrong). But I also don’t want to slave away in the kitchen every weekend, who’s with me there?! So, for your convenience and MINE I created a roundup of 10 back to school recipes from some of the best out there! You’re going to love this collection because who isn’t in in need of fun lunch ideas, and easy snack recipes?!! So, get your aprons on and your baking sheets out and let’s get the house filled with the sweetest aromas and your bellies filled with goodness.
1. Roasted chickpeas. Crunching, salty and fun to eat, we make roasted chickpeas on a monthly basis in small batches to keep their serious crunch factor alive and well. This is our favourite recipe: https://ohsheglows.com/2010/08/03/easy-salt-vinegar-roasted-chick-peas/
2. Zucchini muffins. Full of nutrient packed veggies with a side of chocolate (because who doesn’t love chocolate chips) these soft muffins will not disappoint. Here’s one of our favourite recipes: https://elanaspantry.com/chocolate-chip-zucchini-muffins/
3. Fruit leather. Move over fruit roll ups, homemade leather is in the house! This snack can be a little more time consuming in the oven, but it’s worth it. Make a large batch with all your berry and apple picking from the summer and fall and you will love putting this recipe into your school lunches: https://www.bakedbyrachel.com/very-berry-fruit-leather/
4. Roasted pumpkin seeds. Halloween is just around the corner, which means ample pumpkin seeds for your roasting pleasure. Get on this recipe and let your kidlets benefit from high omega’s, protein, iron, calcium and vitamin b on their next lunch break: https://www.kitchentreaty.com/how-to-roast-pumpkin-seeds-plus-three-tasty-variations/
5. Macaroons. Who doesn’t love coconut? Filled with protein and a side of sweet, macaroons are a great small treat. This recipe is quick and delicious: https://www.everydaymaven.com/macaroons/
6. Banana cake. Cake for breakfast, cake for lunch, cake for anytime! Filling and tasty this recipe will be a morning or afternoon hit for all kids: http://coconutoilcooking.com/coconut-oil-blog-posts/gluten-free-coconut-banana-breakfast-cake/
7. Protein bars. Need more ideas to get protein in the little guys (or big ones)? RX bars are so delicious and this homemade school-safe version never falls as a favourite: https://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2017/06/04/paleo-sunbutter-protein-bars-copycat-peanut-butter-rxbar/
8. Apple crisps. September means apple picking season and the perfect addition to any lunch box is apple chips! Try this recipe on for size: http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/maple-sesame-apple-crisps/
9. Power balls. Quick to make and to devour! Power balls pack the punch for yum and nutrient factor. Try this recipe out on your next bake day: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-coconut-snowballs-recipes-from-the-kitchn-181467
10. Breakfast cookies. First, I say cake for breakie and now cookies? Your kids will love me already hey?! Packed with fats, protein and tons of vitamins, these cookies are good for any time of day: https://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/nut-free-breakfast-cookies/
Now that you are hungry and excited to bake, it’s time to get in the kitchen and test out some of this deliciousness. Weekly meal and snack prep doesn’t have to be time consuming or boring, especially when recipes are sure to get the kids excited to open their lunch containers! Do you have any favourite school snacks that we didn’t mention? Do share, we love to expand our lists of goodness. Need more ideas for getting your kitchen cupboards and fridge ready for a successful and healthy September? Watch this week’s Facebook Live on the Move Eat Play page (www.facebook.com/groups/moveeatplay) for some inspiration and guidance.