The School Lunch Challenge
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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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  1. Bethany

    August 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    My 3 1/2 year old is in preschool and your Banana Dog Bites are quite possibly her favorite thing to find in her Planet Box! I actually packed them for her (and me) today! Thank you for all of the healthy, yet creative recipes! :)

  2. breeats

    August 15, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I’ve tried making this banana roll up a few times, and always fail LOL. Nicely done, what lunchbox is in this video?

  3. Laurie Miller

    August 13, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Love your recipes!

  4. Debbie

    August 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Can’t wait to try some of these.

  5. rachel lee

    August 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    love these ideas

  6. Leatitia

    August 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    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!

  7. Rachel

    August 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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

  8. esophian

    August 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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

    • catherine

      August 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      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!

  9. Janelle Weems

    August 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    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!

  10. Monette

    August 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Yay! it is fixed now.:)

  11. april

    August 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

    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!

  12. Aimee

    August 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Working for me (using Firefox).

  13. Diane

    August 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

    same problem!

  14. PrincessMe

    August 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Same problem here.

  15. Amber

    August 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I’m having the same problem

  16. Roxanne

    August 21, 2012 at 8:19 am

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