Send your kids back to school this year with breakfasts, lunches and snacks that they won’t want to trade with friends. After the lazy days of summer, it can be difficult to get back into busy routine of school and activities. Finding time to make food that your kids will actually eat can sometimes be a challenge. These recipes are here to make that just a bit easier.
From make-ahead breakfast cookies and muffins, to trail mix and even cupcakes for a special treat, these recipes include detailed instructions and tips on how to make your weekdays go smoothly. To make it even better, most of the recipes are packed with good-for-you ingredients. So even though the kids will still love it, you’ll feel good about sending them to school with food that will keep them fueled for a great day.
No kids? These recipes are also great for workday meals. Save money and calories by not falling into the trap of fast food restaurants and vending machines during your workday.
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Apple walnut oat muffins
As summer ends and the kids head back to school, these muffins are perfect for an easy breakfast that’s good for you too. They’re great for when you need a grab-and-go breakfast on busy mornings. And because these muffins have a flavor that’s similar to cookies or apple pie, your family won’t even realize that they’re actually healthy. Get the recipe here.
Fresh fruit dairy-free smoothie
This smoothie recipe is an easy and fun way to make sure your family has some fruit first thing in the morning. Because all of the ingredients can simply be blended together in any blender or food processor, it takes just a few minutes to prepare. The bright colors, smooth texture and sweet flavor make it particularly kid-friendly. The cold, creamy texture will have kids think they’re eating dessert for breakfast! Get the recipe here.
Banana oatmeal breakfast cookies
Nicknamed “breakfast cookies” because of their appearance, these chewy morsels are a cross between oatmeal, banana bread and a granola bar. And the best thing about them is that they’re full of ingredients that are good for you. As the kids head back to school, you might be looking for easy things to pack for snacks or quick breakfasts they can eat before they head out for the day. Kids will love these since they’ll feel like they’re eating a treat, even though they’re actually healthy! Get the recipe here.
Peanut butter and jelly oat muffins
These tasty oat muffins have all the flavor of the favorite peanut butter and jelly duo in a healthy and convenient muffin. Make a batch of these muffins at the beginning of the week, and you’ll have a healthy on-the-go breakfast for the entire week. Get the recipe here.
Note: Check with your child’s school before sending peanut items.
Apple spice cookies
With bits of apple, spices and chopped nuts, these small drop cookies pack in big fall flavor. They’re perfect as an after-school snack or a special treat packed with lunches. Get the recipe here.
Barbecue cheddar meatballs
This meaty meal is a cross between a meatloaf, a meatball and a barbecue cheeseburger. While the basic ingredients are similar to your standard meatloaf, the mixture is formed into 12 large balls (approximately the size of the average muffin) instead of one large loaf. Make a batch on Sunday, and you’ll have easy lunches for the week. Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin seed trail mix
This pumpkin seed trail mix has all the components of the perfect snack. Sweet, salty, crunchy and healthy. And it tastes great, too. The combination of nuts and seeds packs the mix with energy-boosting, good-for-you vitamins, minerals and protein. Maple syrup and dried cranberries add a bit of something sweet and tart. Make a big batch and then separate in individual portions for an easy grab-and-go snack. Get the recipe here.
Peanut butter and jelly cupcakes
Celebrate the new school year with these creative cupcakes inspired by the classic sandwich, peanut butter and jelly. Jam placed in the center of each baked cupcake is a pleasant fruity burst as you bite into the vanilla cake. Peanut butter morsels throughout and a peanut butter frosting round out that favorite flavor combination. Get the recipe here.