Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Some ideas for brownbagging it


These are for kids whose parents think cafeteria food is too “fast,” but could work for anyone trying to save money.

Yvette Armendariz (Az republic, Aug 9, 2011) talks about how to tweak finicky appetites by bringing lunch from home.

First, have the kids shop with you—co-opt them, get them involved. This can be a good chance to talk about labels, too.

Get cool containers—bento boxes, little backpack things, Hello Kitty anything.

Plan ahead. A great school or office lunch does not happen at five minutes of bus or carpool.

Sandra Nissenberg wrote Brown Bag Success: Making Healthy Lunches Your Kids Won’t Trade.

First, lunch does not have to be a sandwich—how about a kabob, trail mix, drumsticks, yogurt dip and veggies?

Allow a cookie or treat sometimes—prevents trading.

Ask your kid their favorite purchased food—find a better alternative.

Watch the sugar—aim for protein and fiber—makes for sharper minds and better learning.

Oh, yeah—learning. This is school!

Or work.

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