7 Berry Healthy Back To School Lunches

Posted by Superberries Team on 8/12/2023 to Super Snacks

7 Berry Healthy Back To School Lunches

Now that kids and teachers are heading back to school, it’s time to think about preparing lunches again. Sure, it would be so much easier for them to eat school lunch, but it’s hard to make sure they’re eating their fruits and vegetables with the limited choices schools can provide. Many easily packable convenience foods contain a lot of sugar and unhealthy ingredients. If you are facing back-to-school lunch menu planning, check out these 7 berry healthy back-to-school lunch ideas.

1. Fresh or Frozen Berries

Fresh or frozen berries are always a good choice to round off a balanced lunch and most kids love them. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are delicious on their own and make easy finger food for kids of any age. Berries are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, so when you pack berries, you are giving them a sweet treat that is a powerhouse for their bodies and minds. The bento box and lunch box options on the market today make it easy to pack separate items and keep them fresh, and frozen fruit cups will stay cool until lunchtime.  

2. Greek Yogurt 

Greek yogurt with fresh or frozen berries or a swirl of berry preserves is another delicious lunch option your children might love. Greek yogurt is high in protein, A and B vitamins, calcium, and other nutrients. With the pop of color and flavor berries provide, not to mention how healthy they are, your children will love them. A lunch box with a built-in ice pack will keep the yogurt cold and delicious until lunch time.  Also consider mixing in Superberries Frozen Aroniaberries into a cup of yogurt for an antioxidant boost.

3. Muffins

If your child has a hard time focusing on eating an elaborate lunch at school, packing healthy berry-filled or hidden-vegetable muffins along with some proteins such as deli turkey or cheese might be one way to encourage your child to eat healthy. Baking up a batch at the beginning of the week is a super easy way to have a delicious and healthy treat your children will love. Remember that you can substitute Superberries Frozen Aronia Berries for blueberries in almost any recipe.

4. Salads

For a heartier meal, pack a salad with mixed greens, a protein such as shredded chicken, a hard-boiled egg, or some cooked/canned chickpeas, cheese such as a nice feta or blue cheese crumbles, walnuts, dried fruits, and, of course, berries. Blueberries, strawberries, and grapes pair surprisingly well with the salty flavors of your proteins and cheeses. Don’t forget to have a berry vinaigrette on the side.

5. Leftovers

If packing a separate lunch for each family member feels like a lot of extra effort (because, let’s be honest, sometimes it really is), try to make it a habit to cook extra for dinner and pack delicious leftovers for the main item. Almost anything can be turned into a healthy sandwich or salad. Roast chicken for dinner becomes shredded chicken that can be eaten with cheese and crackers or a simple chicken salad. Quesadillas pack well with a side of salsa for dipping. Involving your children in the planning of dinner so they can have lunches they like the next day can be fun and teach them responsibility.

6. Dried Berries and Fruits

Dried berries and fruits are a must-have item for the pantry, and they can save you time. They are easy to pack and don’t require refrigeration to be delicious. Choosing the no-sugar-added varieties will help ease your mind about what your kids are eating without sacrificing flavor. Some dried fruits also mix well in a vegetable salad, chicken salad, or into a homemade trail mix.

7. Fruit Chews

Make sure to have Superberries Aronia Berry Gummy Chews on hand for packed lunches for kids and adults of all ages. They are so delicious that your kids will want to eat them like candy, and they are so full of vitamins and antioxidants that you can feel good about packing them in your children’s lunches every day.

Packing lunch for your children, your partner, or yourself doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Keeping a few staples on hand such as berries, chopped veggies, salad dressings, and dips will ensure that you can put together a simple, delicious lunch that your family will want to eat, and you will feel good knowing that you are focused on keeping them healthy.