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Healthy alternatives for the sweet lunchbox treat!

Kids all love to find something special in their lunch boxes. Think outside the box and surprise them with a little note or sticker. If you have a little sweet tooth like I do, try these favorites:

Nut butter rice cakes


  • Your favorite nut butter (my kids love almond and cashew but really any kind is fine, just watch out for the salted butters and try to stay under 140mg of sodium per serving)
  • Rice cakes or corn cakes (organic for corn to be sure it is GMO-free)
  • Fruit spread (homemade or store bought, this is a sugar smart choice; i.e. TJ’s  “Organic fruit spreads”)


Spread a serving of nut butter on a corn or rice cake, add a knife tip amount of fruit spread, honey or sliced bananas, top it with another corn or rice cake.

Date Almond rolls


  • 5-6 dates
  • 20 raw almonds
  • shredded coconut


Place dates and almonds in food processor until shredded. Form little balls or rolls. Place shredded coconut on a flat surface and roll balls around until covered with coconut. Makes about 10 little balls.

Fruit Kabobs


  • favorite fruits, seasonal is the best way to go 🙂
  • bamboo kabob sticks


Just use your imagination, sliced, cubed whatever fits in your container, make it colorful; this playful way to present fruit is a good way to get some vitamins into your little foodie. Make sure to squeeze a little bit of lemon over the kabobs as that preserves the freshness and color. My son would never touch a brown apple slice 🙂

Nut butter and chocolate cups


  • Your favorite nut butter, everything works, sunflower, peanut, almond, cashew, walnut crunchy or not is the question 🙂
  • Semisweet chocolate chips


Candy Molds are easy to find, go to your local party store, crafts store or shop online for great designs. If you get the smaller ones, you will have a nice treat, without having a huge amount of sugar.

Heat chocolate chips in a water bath and whisk it constantly while it melts. When the chocolate is melted, put a drop of chocolate in the mold, gently try to fill it out with wooden kabob sticks or little measuring spoons. Now it is time to put some nut butter into it or even chopped dried fruit (like cranberries, raisins or chopped nuts), top it off with a tiny bit of chocolate and even out the surface. Fill it all out and put it in the refrigerate until it is hardened.

3 Responses to “Healthy alternatives for the sweet lunchbox treat!”

Nina HipkinsJune 30th, 2011 at 11:17 am

i’m doing a school project about junk should be banned from school cafetirias. do you know anything about it?

ManuJuly 10th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hello Nina, there is a lot of good energy put toward improving lunches in schools. Ann Cooper and Jamie Oliver have done a lot of work to help get better food into schools but also local projects like the HEAL project in Half moon Bay Ca. are great. Do you have ideas? I know you are still in school and maybe you and your fiends have some good ideas how to go about it too?

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