Avocado and Cheese Roll-Ups
Serve cut-up wraps with pesto for a fun, dippable lunch option.
More roll-up ideas: Try bacon, lettuce, and tomato with barbecue sauce for dipping, or rotisserie chicken, guacamole, and sour cream with salsa for dipping.
The extras: A clementine and animal crackers.
Pack it in: Goodbyn Bynto lunch box, $9, and Leakproof Dipper container, $1.50: store.goodbyn.com.
All Dressed Up
The simplest and healthiest foods look extra-yummy when they’re tucked inside colorful little compartments. That’s the idea behind Laptop Lunches, the company that sells these cute plastic sets starting at $21; laptoplunches.com. These containers are filled with a protein ~bow-tie pasta salad with veggies, some fruit ~watermelon, a vegetable ~ baby greens salad with 2 tablespoons low-fat dressing, and a small treat ~fig cookies, all in perfect-size portions for kids 5 to 8.
Option 1: Top celery with vegetable cream cheese and turkey.
Option 2: Wrap pretzel rods with turkey and serve with mustard for dipping.
Option 3: Top multigrain crackers with turkey and dollop with ranch dressing.
Catch of the Day
Fish-shaped tuna sandwich with lettuce on whole wheat bread, baby carrots with low-fat ranch dip, small plum, and whole-grain Goldfish crackers. Pack it in these colorful little compartments from Laptop Lunches. Sets starting at $21, laptoplunches.com.
Salami and Cream Cheese Sandwich
Cut the sandwich into shapes with a sandwich cutter or large cookie cutter for a playful twist.
More sandwich ideas: Try sliced turkey with pesto mayonnaise, or almond butter and apple butter.
The extras: Multigrain chips, grape tomatoes, cookies, and cut-up kiwi.
Pack it in: Mom Invented Good Bites sandwich box, $6, ginsey.com. Also available: Mom Invented Puzzle Bites sandwich cutter, $4, ginsey.com.
Slice leftover cold veggie pizza cut into squares, cucumber moons with hummus, purple grapes, and popcorn. Pack it in these colorful little compartments from Laptop Lunches. Sets starting at $21, laptoplunches.com.
Bean salad, melon wedges, whole-grain tortilla chips with salsa, and cubes of reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Pack it in these colorful little compartments from Laptop Lunches. Sets starting at $21, laptoplunches.com.