Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Packing School Lunches

Sandwiches and Sweet Treats

Your child’s lunch is their fuel for the afternoon.  It’s what will give them the energy to run laps around the track and ace their spelling test. 

Here are 4 tips for amazing school lunches this year!

1. Smoothies
Smoothies are simple, nutritious and an easy way to slip some spinach into their lunches!
Make a giant batch at the beginning of the week and put them in individual containers in the freezer.  Throw one in their bags and it will be thawed by lunchtime – perfect to eat with a spoon! 

2. Get Some Help!
Children are more likely to eat veggies if they’ve helped with the preparation. Depending on their age, they can wash, cut, or bag veggies and fruit.  From simply peeling oranges to actually growing their own tomatoes, children love taking some ownership over their lunch prep.

3. Get Snacking
Kids are busy socializing during lunch hour, sometimes to the point where food is the last thing on their mind.  To make sure their lunch doesn’t end up in the garbage, include foods that are easy to snack on.  Think apples slices instead of a whole apple, pinwheel pitas instead of a full sandwich, and other bite sized snacks.   

4. Choose a Sweet Treat
Who doesn’t want a special treat in their lunch bag?  Try to skip prepackaged snacks and opt for banana muffins, air popped popcorn or even Rice Krispie treats made with natural peanut butter instead of marshmallows!  Aim for treats that are high in protein – like nuts instead of overly sugary snacks!

These sugary candies are probably too sweet for the lunch box, but they sure to make a cute craft!

Follow a simple numbered legend and add jewels and tiles to complete 12 delicious desserts.

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