10 Cheap But Nutritious Lunches for Kids

Looking for some lunchtime alternatives for the kids that are healthy and won’t break your budget? Here are some suggestions that will hit the spot on both counts. We’ve got a list of 10 cheap but nutritious lunches for kids right here:

  1. Chicken wrap – A healthy alternative to the traditional bread sandwich, you can save on calories as well as food money with this treat: 1 lb chicken tenders, tomato, lettuce, blue cheese, celery, cayenne pepper, vegetable oil on whole wheat tortilla.
  2. Stir-fry veggies and ramen noodles – Hey, it got us through college, and we were pretty healthy. Seriously, this combo is as low-budget as you can get, and is a snap to prepare. Plenty of nutrients, and no empty calories.
  3. Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwiches – It doesn’t get much more basic than this, and the flavor combination is downright tasty. Spice it up with a pesto or salsa verde spread for some extra zing.
  4. Peanut Butter and Banana Slices – Serve these together on wheat or raisin bread to make an an awesome energy-boosting favorite among kids everywhere.
  5. BLT wraps – To make this an even healthier lunchtime meal, substitute turkey bacon in place of pork. Serve on tortilla with tomato, lettuce and dressing.
  6. Tuna Salad – Jazz up this lunchtime staple by adding sliced grape and veggies. Serve on pita bread. This makes a great light mid-day meal, providing lots of energy and very few calories.
  7. Pizzadillas – Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and marinara sauce on fat-free tortillas. Bake at 400º for about 5 minutes or until crisp, and serve. Your kids will be chowing down with delight.
  8. BBQ Chicken Sandwich – Perfect solution for leftover chicken, add some sliced raw carrots and barbecue sauce on a sandwich roll.
  9. Veggies and Dip – A favorite tailgate party snack, it also makes a killer lunchtime alternative. Baby carrots, broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, and bell pepper slices, served with ranch dip. Just that simple; just that good, and good for them.
  10. Spaghetti – Yes, that old stand-by is chock full of nutrients. Whole wheat pasta ans some veggies with a light sauce is a time-honored source of healthy ingredients your kids will love.
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