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Your Child's Lunch Brown-Bagging


As a parent, it can be frustrating to have your child come home with an uneaten lunch, find out it has been traded with a schoolmate or as my friend once told me, simply thrown away.

To ensure your child eats what you pack, try some of these ideas:

  • Plan ahead for the week and add the items to your regular shopping list. Ask your child for suggestions and let him or her help prepare school lunch.
  • Choose a variety of foods from the major food groups: whole wheat bread, cut raw veggies, sliced fruit, and string cheese.
  • One or two cookies make a fine dessert, as do low-fat pudding and sugar-free Jell-O. An active child needs some extra energy to get through the day.
  • Provide milk money, or put milk in a small thermos.
  • When including perishable foods, use a freezable cold pack. A frozen bottle of water, milk or juice will work. Your child can drink the thawed juice.
  • Donít forget the value of attractive packaging. Decorate the bag with stickers, use holiday-themed napkins or include notes with jokes, cartoons or special messages

Introduce Your Little One To Gently Spiced Foods

  • Mild salsa with toasted pita points.
  • A baggie with 2 or 3 small cheese blocks would be good with the salsa.
  • Grapes plucked from the stems with little squares of cheese pretty much guarantees your kid will enjoy this treat.
  • Include green, red and yellow pepper slices with carrot sticks. These colorful veggies make it easy to get kids to eat them.
  • Gently spiced meat loaf thinly sliced on crustless wheat bread cut into 4 hand (small hands) sized sandwiches. If your child enjoys pickles put a pickle round on the meat loaf.

It's easy to ensure that your children that your children have healthy snacks in school and at home.
  • Jazz up the usual fruit offering with berries, oranges, grapes and mangoes. Freeze peeled bananas on a stick, or add fruit to plain yogurt.
  • Put peanut butter on apple or banana slices.
  • Cut fresh veggies and serve with low-fat salad dressing or mild or medium spiced salsa.
  • Make mini pizzas with whole-wheat English muffins, tomato sauce and shredded cheese.
  • Trade chips for whole-wheat breadsticks, pita bread or unbuttered popcorn.
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