We all want to eat and enjoy nutritious foods, but time can often be a limiting factor. With back-to-school season in full swing, preparation is key to go off to school with a balanced, nutritious lunch. While healthy muffins and roasted vegetables can be great options, we have some ideas for days you can’t even think about turning on the oven.
These no-bake snack recipes come together quickly and are healthy, minimal prep options to add to your lunchbox this fall.
Trying to add more produce colors into their diets? Try serving snacks on a stick. Fruit kebabs can be customized to your child’s favorite fruits but can also be an exciting way to try new fruits. Consider grapes, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, pineapple, or cantaloupe and add some blocks of cheese in for more protein. Or, serve some veggies on a stick. Craving something a little sweeter? Drizzle on some melted dark chocolate – mixed in with our Collagen Peptides – for a burst of flavor.
There are endless combinations you can put together with just a few ingredients. A simple mixture of oats, honey, peanut butter, chia or flax seeds and raisins produces a tasty, no-bake energy bite that fits perfectly in a lunch box and doubles as an after-school snack. Switch out the peanut butter for almond butter or sunflower seed butter, add chocolate chips or coconut flakes, or mix some Dark Chocolate Blackberry Collagen Peptides in to change things up.
Sick of seeing all the hard-to-pronounce ingredients making up the bars on the grocery shelves? Create your own! Combine quick oats, peanut butter and maple syrup or honey and press into a baking pan. Transfer the pan to the freezer until firm, and then cut into bars. Add in chocolate chips, dried fruit, pumpkin puree or cocoa powder to switch up the flavor.
To make homemade trail mix, choose your favorite nuts or seeds, cereals and dried fruits, and mix them in a large container for a grab-and-go option. Some easy combinations include peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds and popcorn, or almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried mango and cereal. For additional flavor, try roasting your nuts ahead of time.
You can easily make your own “sushi” while still adding a serving of vegetables! Cut a cucumber in thin strips, going lengthwise (a mandolin may help). Wrap deli meat and cheese inside sliced cucumbers. Add mustard or mayo for some more flavor!
Apple nachos are a creative, fun way to spice up this classic snack. It can be topped with any other fruits and flavors. Slice an apple into “chip” shapes and spread them on a plate or flat surface. Top with yogurt, peanut butter, nuts/seeds or fruit. Drizzle with caramel sauce or turn the nachos into mini apple sandwiches.
This one technically involves the freezer, but the prep work is minimal. Spread a layer of plain full-fat Greek yogurt on a piece of parchment paper. Add crushed pretzels, chocolate, nuts and/or fruit and place it in the freezer for four hours. Once it’s frozen, break off a piece of bark to enjoy yogurt in a fun new way.
Take some oats and mix them with your milk of choice, some chia seeds, yogurt and fruit in a small mason jar or Tupperware container. The oats will absorb the liquid and flavors overnight, making for a great on-the-go breakfast or lunchbox item.
Peanut butter banana sandwiches are sure to add an exciting element to lunch. Slice a banana into coin shapes and spread peanut butter and banana between two slices, making a mini sandwich. Add chocolate chips and honey for more flavor.
Layer fruit and yogurt in a cup or mason jar and top with granola or nuts and seeds. To keep it seasonal, make it red, white and blue in the summer, and add in layers of pumpkin puree in the fall.