Perplexed about what to pack for lunch? Forget those prepackaged yellow boxes. Instead, make your own Cracker Stackers in 5+ QUICK and healthy combos.
Lunchables aren’t bad…per se. But these new cracker combos are much, MUCH better!
I get the appeal of all those packaged foods in a little compartment – that the kids get to assemble all by themselves. And while I can think of several of ways to do mini pizzas or mini tacos – they become totally time-consuming for the lunch packer (usually me!)
So I make quick-assemble Cracker Stackers. Here’s why:
- Kids can assemble the Cracker Stacker components to their own liking. (Don’t preassemble for them – or the crackers will be soggy by lunch.)
- I give several healthy options – all of which I’d be happy if they eat.
- Quick and easy to pack what’s in the pantry – no complicated assembly of mini tacos required.
First let’s talk crackers. Surprisingly, there are several good options in the cracker aisle now. Many crackers now include more whole grains. Some favorites are:
Wheat Thins – Original – 16 crackers per serving + 3 g fiber
Triscuits Original – 3 ingredients, 3 g protein
ALDI Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips – Made from whole grain corn + a dash of cinnamon & nutmeg + 2 g protein
Wasa Multigrain Crispbread – for older kids (tough for younger kids to crunch)
These last two were recommended in the September issue of Cooking Light magazine – I can’t wait to try them.
Harvest Stone Brown Rice, Sesame and Flax Crackers in Original – Gluten-free and 20 g whole grains
Cape Cod Blue Corn Multigrain Dipping Shells – Chia + brown rice + 19 g whole grains
Now here’s how my kids like to stack ’em:
- Fruit & Ham Sammies – Kiwi + ham + round whole grain cracker (or Wheat Thins.) Softer fruits stack up better because the cracker doesn’t shatter when you bite. Stack peaches, plums or even banana slices.
- Fruit Kabobs – Slices of strawberries + grapes + kiwi + pretzel rods for skewering.
This is a favorite combo of my kids. As a bonus, add lower-sugar yogurt for dipping the kabobs. (I like Chobani or Stoneyfield yogurt tubes.)
- Nut Butter ‘Nachos’ – No dipping required. Just pop a container of almond butter or peanut butter in the lunchbox with corn tortillas, plus a knife for spreading. For nacho ‘toppings,’ throw in raisins and dried cranberries. Corn chips + nut butters is my favorite combo!
- Yogurt Cream & Berries – OK, this takes a tiny bit of prep. Strain Greek yogurt for an hour or two by placing it in a coffee filter (or cheesecloth) lined strainer. The yogurt becomes thick and spreadable. Pop in a container and throw in blueberries, grapes, strawberries or grape tomatoes.
- Crazy Cucumber Crackers – Cucumber coins + cheese. Every once in a while, go a little crazy and use fresh cucumber coins instead of crackers to sandwich slices of cheese or tuna.
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Do you have a favorite Cracker Stacker? Which ones will you try?