All too soon, school will be back in swing. And that means back to the routine of quick breakfast and packed lunches. But kids' lunches don't have to be boring and lacking nutrition. These meaty cheesy pinwheels, with fruit and yogurt on the side, are a lunch box idea everyone can love.
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The summer break seems to be flying by, and before you know it, school will be back in session. I, for one, want to try to change up our lunch boxes, and I'm sure I'm not alone. It's a tricky balance between things kids like, will actually eat, and having a decent nutritional content. For many, the latter is the most likely to fall by the wayside.
In our house, we do generally at least manage to steer away from cookies and other treats for lunch and there is always fruit. But I do still sometimes struggle on what to make as the 'main'. Sometimes we'll get stuck on one favorite sandwich for a while, but then it goes out of favor. Deciding what to replace it with can be a challenge.
Instead, I want to have a few different ideas to rotate through since my son has inherited my need to change things up. That's why I was excited to see some fun lunch box makeover ideas from the North American Meat Institute, a contractor of the Beef Checkoff.
They wanted to develop some easy ideas that balanced out getting the nutrition kids need with things they'll actually eat.
Particularly in ideas like the meaty cheesy pinwheels at the middle of this lunch box idea, that means combining protein (beef and cheese), vegetables and grains in a fun way that is a bit harder to pick apart. Because let's face it, we know that happens a fair bit too. Then combined with some yogurt, raisins and a clementine, this is a balanced lunch box that's also easy to make.
I can vouch for the fact that these pinwheels taste great as well. They're definitely something I would eat myself, which to me is always a good sign of something I'd make for the kids more often.
I have never been a huge fan of 'kid food' as such. I know it can be convenient, but it can often miss the mark on good eating habits and nutrition. These pinwheels, on the other hand, present a good balance of ingredients in a fun way, which is just what 'kid food' should be, to me.
With tasty roast beef, a lick of cheese and some colorful veggies, these meaty cheesy pinwheels are easy and delicious. Alongside yogurt, raisins and a clementine they make a lunch box idea you can feel good about sending the kids to school with. And hopefully, the box will come back empty too.
Lunch box idea: meaty cheesy pinwheels
- 1 whole wheat flour tortilla (8 inch)
- 2 tablespoons cheese spread
- 3 oz no salt added top round roast beef (3 slices)
- 2 tablespoons grated carrots
- 1 spear asparagus , blanched and chilled
- 1 clementine
- ¼ cup raisins
- 6 oz lowfat Greek yogurt (1 kids’ container)
- 8 fl oz water
- Lay the tortilla flat and spread the cheese spread over it evenly. Top with the sliced beef, covering evenly.
- Sprinkle on the grated carrots in a line across the middle of the tortilla and lay the asparagus spear next to it, as in the picture above. Roll up the tortilla around the carrot and asparagus and slice into 8 even slices, trimming a little from the edge if needed.
- Place the pinwheels in lunch box along with the clementine, raisins, yogurt and water.
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