Anyone else have a child who would prefer savoury treats over sweets? Today, I’m sharing with you 4 easy ways to incorporate pretzels into your child’s lunch boxes plus some bonus back-to-school coupons to help you recreate these lunch boxes on your own!
When Ella first started school I was “that mom” who sent themed lunch boxes all the time. It was fun for me and a nice way to remind my daughter that I love her while we are separated during the school day.
Our routines have changed and now we get a bit more time together in the mornings to cuddle and connect, so I tend to skip the theming most of the time – but I still like packing special lunches that she’s going to love and also ensure that she’s getting some brain-boosting, nutritious food throughout the day.
Today, I’m excited to partner up with Snyders of Hanover to share 4 of our favorite ways to incorporate pretzels into easy school lunches. Snyders pretzels add a hearty crunch to these fun lunches and are lower fat than traditional snacks. You can also grab emoji-shaped ones for some cute themed boxes of your own!
Watch the video below and then scroll down for the break-down and free recipe printables.
Easy Pretzel Lunch Box Snacks
#1 Pretzels, Veggies & Hummus
Chop up some of your child’s favorite crudites and pair them with a small handful of pretzels and two tablespoons of hummus. My daughter loves garlic hummus but our pumpkin hummus would be a delicious fall option.
The best way I’ve found to send dips is in these tiny containers with easily removable lids – they aren’t so sturdy that you can throw them in the lunch bag, but they stay intact within a snack box like this and are easy for little hands to open without help. (Have your child practice opening and closing the containers at home if you’re not sure if they can open them.)
#2 Pizza Pretzel Sandwiches
While PB&J is another favorite pretzel sandwich filling, these pizza pretzel sandwiches are a little bit unexpected – and super delicious!
Just place a piece of pepperoni on one pretzel, then a small circle or sprinkle of cheese overtop, followed by a second pretzel. Microwave for 15-20 seconds until the cheese is melted.
You can also serve these with the cheese not melted or even unassembled for some snack time stacking!
#3 Rainbow Salad with Orange Poppyseed Dressing & a Pretzel Crunch
The easiest way I know how to get kids in the habit of eating salad is to start with a mostly fruit-topped salad and throw in a yummy dressing. Eventually, you can start replacing each fruit with a vegetable – red or yellow peppers, corn, etc.
With kale serving as the green, I topped this rainbow salad with quartered strawberries, chopped pineapple, diced orange and blueberries. In a small container, I placed my homemade orange poppyseed dressing for Ella to add at lunchtime (avoiding leaks and soggy salads) along with a few pretzels for her to crumble overtop for a yummy alternative to croutons.
- 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons honey (can use a fine sugar instead)
- 2 teaspoons dijon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons poppyseeds
- 5 cups kale, chopped
- 1 orange, chopped
- 1/2 cup strawberries, quartered
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup pretzels, chopped
- In a small bowl or smoothie-type blender, mix together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice and dijon.
- Adjust to taste with the honey and salt. Add in the poppy seeds.
- Toss together the kale and chopped fruit.
- Serve salad with orange poppyseed dressing and a sprinkle of crushed pretzels.
And, finally, pretzels make a delicious snack all on their own – or you can add popcorn seasonings or even a sprinkle of cinnamon when you want to spice things up!
Be sure to pin this collection of fun and easy pretzel lunch box snacks to make your lunch planning a bit easier this year!