Soccer practice, ballet, basketball, debate team- your kids are busy and sometimes they’re going to need to eat on-the-go. A loaded burger or a large pepperoni pizza dripping with cheese are OK once in a while. However, growing bodies need balanced nutrition to stay healthy. Despite what many believe, it is possible to make delicious, simple, and on the go meals. Your child can take these foods with them as they hop, skip, and jump through life.

Southwest Wraps

In a whole wheat or spinach tortilla, layer slices of turkey or chicken, romaine lettuce, and strips of tomato and red bell pepper. Wrap up tightly in plastic wrap. In a small container, mix two tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of chipotle seasoning. Pack the wrap, mayonnaise and a handful of tortilla chips in a lunch bag with a small ice pack.

Bagel and Herbed Cream Cheese

The trick to keeping a toasted bagel and cream cheese fresh is to toast the bagel and let it cool completely before packing it. Mix three tablespoons of cream cheese with 1 teaspoon of chopped basil and a pinch of salt. Pack the bagel and cream cheese in a bag with a small ice pack to keep the cream cheese chilled.

Pasta & Vegetable Salad

For the sauce, mix three tablespoons of mayonnaise, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons of lemon juice, and a dash of paprika. Combine with 1 ½ cups of cooked pasta and ½ a cup of the cooked vegetables of your choice. Red bell pepper, cucumbers, shredded carrots and red onions work very well. Pack with a small ice pack to keep cool.

Stuffed Greek Salad Sandwiches

Split one pita bread and set aside. In a plastic container, layer slices of chicken breast, lettuce, feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, and chickpeas. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Pack with a small ice pack and a fork for your child to assemble the sandwiches whenever they’re ready to eat.

Bon appetit!