Healthy Recipe of the Month

As the school year begins and you get your child ready for preschool or kindergarten, First 5 San Diego wants to remind parents that children learn better when they eat healthy.  The best way to ensure they are getting the nutrition they need is by packing them a wholesome lunchbox every day.  A nutritious lunch will fuel their active minds and bodies to help them succeed in school.

Here are some healthy eats that you can easily pack for your child’s school lunch:

  • Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
  • Celery or Apples + Peanut Butter
  • Yogurt and Fruit
  • Boiled Egg
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Raw or steamed carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower
  • Berries (Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • Nuts + dried fruit
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Whole-grain crackers + cheese
  • Turkey breast slices  rolled with apples, pears, or peaches
  • Pretzel sticks wrapped with turkey breast slices


Try this Recipe: Simple ABC Lunch


(Recipe and photo from Lunchbox Dad)

The sandwiches are not only letter shaped but they are made from Almond butter, Bread, and Cranberries and surrounded with Avocado, Turkey Bacon, and Cheese. In the smaller compartment are a mix of Apricots, Blueberries, and Cheerios.

Whole wheat bread
Almond butter
Dried cranberries
Dried blueberries
Dried apricots
Avocado chunks
1/2 slice turkey bacon (cut up into pieces)
Chunks of cheese

Use cookie cutters to make the letters A, B, and C, out of bread. Repeat for a second set of letters. Spread on desired amount of almond butter and dried cranberries. Make a sandwich as shown in pic.

Place sandwiches in container. Surround with avocado, turkey bacon or other protein that starts with “b,” and cheese.
In side dish mix apricots, blueberries, and cheerios for a fun and fruity trail mix.

First 5 San Diego is always looking for healthy recipes. Like us on Facebook @first5sandiego and message us your healthy recipe for a chance to win some great prizes. We may even feature it on our Healthy Start Website. Also, follow us on Instragram and Pinterest @first5sandiego and Twitter @first5sd and share photos of your creative, kid-friendly healthy meal and hashtag #first5sandiego.


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