Pack a lunch with a healthy punch
In a lunch rut? If you’re brown-bagging it or your school doesn’t offer EVOS or Wholesome Tummies, here are some ideas for meals that are nutritious and still appeal to kids.
The standby sandwich can get a nutritious makeover by serving it on whole grain bread and using deli meat that is free of nitrates and additives, says Wholesome Tummies Tampa owner Kelly McGary. If peanuts are prohibited or you just want a change, try "sun butter," a sunflower-seed spread.
And don’t forget to include sides, such as orange sections or edamame, and snacks like sunflower seeds or whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese.
The PBS Parents blog, "Kitchen Explorers," is stocked with recipes and ideas for lunch and beyond. Some of the packables mentioned include black beans and rice; tuna salad on crackers; cheese and tomato sandwiches (put the tomato between two slices of cheese so the bread doesn’t get soggy); or peanut butter with apples, honey or raisins on whole wheat.
Using a bento box – those adorable lunchboxes with compartments for everything – gives you portion control along with a fun display. Fill the compartments with small sandwiches, low-fat string cheese, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, dry cereal, hummus, trail mix.
Find the blog at www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers