Kindergaten here we come! In only a few short days Graham and I are both headed back to school. Of course, mine is my job, but school nevertheless. I have been trying to come up with non-boring lunch ideas for the both of us so that we can save on the calories that the school cafeteria provides. Not to mention, it is just fun to create new things for my guy!
So, today we have two fun back to school lunch and after school snack ideas using mangos. Our family really enjoys mangos but finding a good one is hard to come by in North Carolina (or at least it is hard for me to find really ripe ones). One tip if you purchase one that is not ripe (soft and smells like a sweet mango) then you can leave it on your counter for a few days. It is amazing how quickly it will ripen! Ripe mangos are super sweet and tender which makes a great combination for a food that kids love. They are also full of Vitamin A and C and a great source of fiber. So, using mangos in a few recipes for back to school is a great choice for our family.
Here is a great after school snack idea!
- 1 ripe mango
- a few raisins
- Wash your mango and slice around the pit to create two halves.
- Slice inside the mango using the tip of your knife both ways (criss cross pattern) being careful not to cut the skin.
- Invert the skin in order to make the mango pop up to create the hedgehog.
- Decorate with raisins to create eyes, nose and mouth.
Here is a super filling recipe that would be great for lunch boxes or an after school snack. I am even going to be taking this along for my lunch!
- 1 mango, diced
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon 100% maple syrup
- 1 whole wheat tortilla, taco sized
- Mix the cream cheese and maple syrup together in a small bowl.
- Spread the mixture onto one side of the tortilla.
- Sprinkle the diced mango onto the tortilla evenly.
- Roll the tortilla length wise.
- Cut the tortilla into sections in order to create a wheel shape.
Make sure to visit the Mango.org website for even more inspiration and recipe ideas. I am loving the looks of the Mango & Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins! Also, make sure to check out the video we created of these simple recipes. Graham did a great job if I do say so myself!
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