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Fun Cheesy Snack Bar Ideas for the Lunch Box

 This post is sponsored by Borden® Cheese
A collage of cheese cut into different shapes and designs sitting on a table.

When I was young and in school, my mom would send a napkin every day in my lunchbox that had a little note on it. I looked forward to it and it was my way to know that she was thinking of me even when I wasn’t home. When our kids started school, I did the same thing.  Now that some of our kids are getting older, I try to find other creative ways to let them know that I am thinking about them when they open up their lunchbox. I also need to make sure that I am sending them foods that are nutrient-rich, like Borden® Cheese Snack Bars, so they will be energized and ready for a full day of school.

I know heading back to school is always an exciting, yet hectic, time of year for families. With packed schedules, busy moms and dads are always searching for easy ways to fuel their families with the nutrients they need to make it through the day.   I try to find things like Borden® Cheese Snack Bars that are easy, delicious and healthy additions to their lunchbox.  I also love knowing that Borden® Cheese works with more than 8,000 family-owned dairy farms across the United States; for my family, that makes a difference.

Three bags of Borden cheese bars lying on a wooden table.
You probably know from other recipes that I’ve made that I like to use Borden® Cheese. The Borden® Cheese Snack Bars combine convenience and nutrition and are a wholesome snack that everyone can feel good about.  I know that while Borden® Cheese Snack Bars are the perfect anytime snack, they are especially great for lunchtime and after-school snacking in our family.  I want to know that our kids are getting the nutrients that they need, like 5g of protein, but that it is providing the flavor that our kids like with so many flavors including Mild Cheddar, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, and Gouda.

Four bags of Borden cheesy snack bars sitting on a table.

Today I wanted to share some ways that I use Borden® Cheese Snack Bars to make fun little creative shapes for our kids’ lunches.

I spend one minute getting it ready in the morning and the kids come home smiling about whatever it is that we made that day.   Our son told me that he can’t wait to see what goes into his lunchbox tomorrow! 🙂

Here are some fun cheese snack bar ideas for the lunch box

  1. Cell Phone.  

A little girl holding a cheesy snack bar decorated to look like a cell phone.
This little cell phone was our daughter’s favorite!
A cheesy snack bar in its wrapper decorated to look like a cell phone.
She even wants me to make her this little phone when she gets home from school as her after-school snack.  Of course, she makes a quick call before opening it up for her snack.
A little girl holding a cheesy snack bar that is in its wrapper decorated like a cell phone to her ear.

  1. Baseball

During baseball season, our son loves when we surprise him with a baseball bat and baseballs.Borden cheesy snack bar cut to look like baseball bats.
3.  Snowman
This one is so cute!  My husband made this for our kids and they all came home talking about it.
Borden cheesy snack bars cut to look like a snowman.

4. Broom
This is perfect for fall or for Halloween.   It’s so simple to make and it’s adorable.
Borden cheesy snack bar cut to look like a witches broom.

5. Football 
When our son has a game, we like to send him a little football (this is almost every Friday for a while!)
Borden cheesy snack cut to look like a football.

6. Flower

This Flower is so simple to make with a little knife and our daughter just LOVED it!Borden cheesy snack cut out to look like a flower.

7. Letters
When your child is learning a new letter, sight word or spelling word… this is the perfect way to reinforce what they are learning.  A simple reminder like seeing the word or letter when they aren’t expecting it is a great way to help them to learn it.
A wrapper Borden cheesy snack with letters and picture drawn on it.

8. A motivational note. 
Do you remember when I said that I love to send a napkin with a note, but I’ve gotten more creative?  This is one simple way that you can send a note. 🙂
A variety of Borden cheesy snacks in their wrappers with text on them.

9. I love you. 
No explanation needed. ♥
Cheese cut into to shapes and letters standing on a table with the bag of cheese behind them.
10. Snack anytime! 

The best part… if your kids help you to make the snacks, they will help you eat it (and watch out because they will gobble up the ‘leftovers’.).
Sometimes I will make a few right before they come home from school, so they can have a nutritious and filling after-school snack.

A group of boys standing at a table with a tray of fruit and vegetables and a platter of cheese cut into letters and shapes.
Or… we will just grab one right out of the bag, because as much fun as I have making these ‘reminders’ for our kids (that literally take about 30 seconds each), I also love to just grab one and go!  Borden® Cheese Snack Bars are sold in packs of ten individually-wrapped bars, which makes them perfect for tossing into a lunchbox, backpack or my purse for on-the-go snacking.  With 5 g of protein and 80 calories or less per bar, they make the perfect snack!

A variety of different bags of Borden cheesy snack bars on a table.


In Search of a dinner idea?

Here is the recipe for our favorite cheesy taco cups: 
A wooden tray of Taco Casserole Cups with a bag of Borden cheese in the background.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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