Feeding Your Family From The Farmers Market: School Lunches

If you have a student heading out the door every day, it can be easy to just make a quick PB&J, and toss a granola bar and cheese stick in their lunch box.

To get them through the day, it’s important to make sure they have some healthy options.

Michelle Dunaway met up with Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, to help feed your family with some quick and delicious treats.

Peanut Butter Sushi Roll-Ups

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat quesadillas
  • Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • Jelly (optional)
  • Bananas or apples cut into strips

Instructions

  1. First spread peanut butter and jelly on the surface area of quesadilla.
  2. Lay bananas and/or apples along one end of the quesadilla.
  3. Roll the quesadilla from the same end that you placed the fruit.
  4. Place seam side down, which should seal with the peanut butter and jelly.
  5. Cut into sushi –sized circles Serve and enjoy.

Cucumber Sushi Roll-Ups

Ingredients

  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Hummus or low-fat cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut cucumbers into very thin strips, the entire length of the cucumber. Try using a mandolin or peeler, for best results.
  2. Julienne carrots into matchstick-sized slices.
  3. Thinly spread cream cheese or hummus on the cucumber slices
  4. Place 2-3 carrot matchsticks at one end of cucumber and roll from that end. Use hummus or cream cheese to seal.
  5. Cut off excess carrot and use in next cucumber roll up.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Note: These recipes can be inspiration for anything. Think of a variety of different fruits or vegetables. You may use carrots instead of cucumber to use as the sushi roll and place pepper inside. You can have fun with nutella and berries in the quesadilla or any variety of fruits and vegetables and spreads that you like. Get creative and be inspired to mix it up. Enjoy!