Raisin Lunch Snack Ideas for K-12
Here are some great lunch and snack ideas for kids (Breakfast in the Classroom, lunch, after school or at home) to get more nutrition in their diets by eating California Raisins. Remember, 1/4 cup California Raisins = one serving of fruit.
Sneak in some nutrition with raisins at lunch
- Repackage fruit and cereal to make Raisin Banana Energy Bars.
- Make mini-sandwiches with small rolls or muffins and fill with chopped raisins and honey.
- Combine raisins, dried fruits, nuts and cereals to create Tropical Fruit Mix.
- Include raisins in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or make Raisin Berry Jam.
- Create a new treat with cream cheese and raisins on bagels to make Raisin Cheese Spread with Cinnamon and Walnuts.
- Add chopped raisins to chicken, turkey, ham or tuna salad sandwiches.
- Mix chopped raisins, grated cheddar cheese, a little mayonnaise, and spread on graham crackers.
After-school snacks kids can help make
- Let kids “squish” cereal, raisins and peanut butter into Raisin Peanut Butter Balls.
- Mix raisins, dried tropical fruits, nuts and honey-coated grahams.
- Combine raisins with pretzels, other dried fruit and nuts for a trail mix.
- Spread a wheat tortilla with peanut butter and raisins and roll it up.
- Top crisp pita triangles with banana slices and raisins.
Give ’em brain power!
- Good nutrition helps kids (and adults) think.
- California Raisins provide potassium and fiber.
- Focus on whole fruits more often than drinking 100% juice*.
- Snack on fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits instead of cookies, brownies or other sugar-sweetened treats*.
- Offer whole fruits without saturated fat, sodium, or added sugars as dessert.*
*USDA MyPlate: MyPlate, Mywins: Focus on whole fruits.
Clever ways to eat healthy
- Include raisins in main dishes such as beef stew, meatloaf or burritos.
- Jazz up taco salad with raisins.
- Stir raisins into spice cake or muffin batter.
- Sprinkle raisins on fruit salads and green salads.
- Toss raisins in vegetable salads, too.