Thank you, Juicy Juice for sponsoring our back to school lunch recipes.
As always all opinions are my own.
Now that back to school season is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about filling lunch options for our little ones. I like to add a little something to lunch so that it’s not just another boring sandwich option. One of my favorite ingredients is rotisserie chicken. Sometimes I make a rotisserie chicken at home but most times, I pop into my local supermarket and pick on up with a few other lunch box staples including Zoe’s current favorite Juicy Juice Splashers.
I’ve shared my easy chicken pot pie recipes using rotisserie chicken before. These are perfect to serve after school and they are a good option for a freezer meal too. Another one of my favorites is rotisserie chicken salad served with crackers. This simple salad is full of protein, includes fruits and I use plain Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative to mayonnaise. Rotisserie chicken salad is great to back for school lunch to if you have a good cold pack lunch container.
Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Crackers
- 1/2 meat of rotisserie chicken
- 1/2 cup grapes
- 1/2 celery stalk, chopped
- 1/4 walnuts (optional)
- 1 small red apple, cut into cubes
- 1/2 non-fat plain Greek Yogurt
- Remove bones and skin from chicken and chop into bite sized pieces.
- Place chicken, fruits, celery and nuts in a large bowl.
- Add half the Greek yogurt and stir to combine adding more if desired.
Lunch Box or Afternoon Snack Staples
- Fresh Fruit
- Raw or Steamed Veggies
- Gold Fish
- Fruit Snacks (for an occasional treat)
- String Cheese
Any Juicy Juice flavor goes well for lunch. It’s the only time each day my kids have juice. When I pick Z up, I always ask her if she ate all her lunch. Her first reply is always “I drank my juice and… I ate all my lunch too.” Or “I drank my juice but I didn’t eat everything”. If her juice comes home, I know she is not feeling well. LOL. Even if she has the sniffles, if she drinks her juice then I know it’s not too bad. I love that the Splashers are are half juice and half water because I try really hard to watch the kid’s sugar intake. I don’t want them to be hooked on sugar the way I am. It’s a hard habit to break.
What are your favorite lunchbox staples and what do you serve for lunch now that the kids are back to school?