This week is “Back To School Week” at 1 cup Awesome. The last two days we’ve posted remakes of some of our favorite school lunches. But we know school lunches today may not be as great as we remember them. The sad fact is that the quality and nutrition of the food in most schools is incredibly poor. Because of that, we are all for sending a cold lunch with the kiddos since we know exactly what’s in it. Today, we thought we’d recap some of our past Food Face-Off Fridays’ and 5 Favorite Things to help you pick the best items for your child’s cold lunch.
We found these items on our 5 Favorites lists and thought they would be perfect for the lunchbox!
Or if you’re looking to go the homemade route, check out these goodies!
We also tried our hand at homemade fruit roll-ups. They are super simple and only require a few things.
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
1 cup fruit preserves (we used strawberry)
3 tsp cornstarch
Preheat oven to 225°F. Line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray. Mix preserves and cornstarch. Spread the mixture out on the parchment as thin as you can, creating 8 x 12 inch rectangle. Bake for an hour. Cool completely. Trim the parchment and cut into strips using kitchen shears. Roll up!
These turned out really well…very sweet and tasty! Next time we’ll try to get the preserves spread out even thinner. Ours were a tad thicker than you would expect fruit leather to be. Give it a shot! They’re so fun and easy to make!
Of course the best options for lunch boxes are fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re always ready to go! But when you need to stock up on all the other stuff (anything with a label) pull out your smartphone and put the Fooducate app to use. This app is amazing! It will give each product a grade based on nutrition and ingredients, then give you other healthier alternatives. It is awesome!!!
Hopefully this helps you pack school lunches that your kids love and that you can feel good about. Good luck!
Were you a hot lunch or cold lunch kid?