Thursday, September 05, 2013

Pack kids a lunch they will eat

Apparently some of the "national" advice on school lunches (more veggies, smaller portions, lose the burgers) is landing a lot of food in the trash. Many states are easing away from the guidelines.

Stacey Antine, MS, RD, author of Appetite for Life, says "Yuck" should not be a word any kid should utter.

She recommends getting away from the PB&J and creating tasty wraps and other intriguing comestibles.

She has 5 tips for packing a lunch.

First, you need a MAIN COURSE. This may be a "sandy," but it doesn't have to be. It could be a crustless quiche.

Then you need something from the GARDEN. Freeze grapes or berries-by lunch they will be cold and maybe have some crunch. Or make a white bean dip for carrot sticks.

You also need some CRUNCH. Baked potato chips, air-popped corn.

A DRINK is good. Instead of sending them to the soda machine (if it's still there), try 100% juice, a fruit smoothie, or drinkable yogurt.

And, if course--a TREAT. Maybe yogurt-covered raisins, whole-grain animal crackers, or home-made raspberry crumble.

Get the kid involved in the shopping and even the packing of the lunch.

Hello Kitty is also a big help--kids love her lunch box. Or let the kids pick out a bento box or some other cool carrier and add an ice pack sometimes.

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