Meeting The School Lunch Challenge with Banana Dog Bites

Preparing school lunch for your kids day in and day out can be a challenge for even the most creative of moms. When I ask parents what's the biggest stress of their day -- expecting the response to be either "bed time" or "juggling busy schedules" -- more often than not their answer is "school lunch". In particular, coming up with balanced, nutritious, and delicious meals their kids want to eat.

I recently joined forces with Odwalla to pair some of my favorite simple school lunch ideas with their line of Smoothies For Kids (which fit perfectly in a lunch box, by the way). This video will show you how to make a few of these recipes my kids adore_ Banana Dog Bites, Mixed Berries, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Cucumber Slices. This lunch is a great complement to the Odwalla Smoothies which come in three fun flavors_ Grape Berry Prairie, Mango Pineapple Island or Strawberry Banana Jungle. They're all gluten-free, with no sugar added and come in single serving 6.75 ounce containers along with a straw to add to the fun factor.

If you have any of your own cool school lunch tips, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and tell me about them!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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15 comments

  • Roxanne

    It says that the video can not be found or it has been marked private.

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  • Amber

    I'm having the same problem

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  • PrincessMe

    Same problem here.

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  • Diane

    same problem!

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  • Aimee

    Working for me (using Firefox).

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  • April

    My little guy just started preschool two mornings so for now we just have to pack snack. The school doesnt allow peanut butter, any tree nuts or seeds due to allergies of some children. I would love ideas for snacks to pack without refrigeration that is free of these ingredients! Thanks for all your wonderful recipe ideas!

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  • Monette

    Yay! it is fixed now.:)

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  • Janelle Weems

    My kiddos aren't in the school age yet but with all I am learning from you I'm ready lol! My freezer is always stocked with Mac bites meatballs turkey meatloaf bites n more! Thank you!

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  • Esophian

    I'm also interested in lunches that are completely nut free!

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    • Catherine

      You can use sunflower butter instead of peanut butter in most recipes that call for peanut butter! I always have a jar in my fridge!

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  • Rachel

    I liked the lunch box can you suggest where I can buy one like that please. Thank you :)

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    • Catherine

      It is a Planet Box! http://www.planetbox.com/?utm_source=weelicious&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=weelicious

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  • Leatitia

    Love this quick and tasty idea! I like the fact that no spoon or fork is needed to eat this lunch, less dishes to wash!

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  • Rachel Lee

    love these ideas

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  • Debbie

    Can't wait to try some of these.

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