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Stumped On School Lunch? Your Child Won’t Be Trading In These!

Healthy-Snacks-List-1It’s that time again. Don’t add to the stress of this ho-hum conundrum of what to make for lunch. Use this meal as an opportunity to get in extra servings of fruits and veggies.

1. Have Your Child Take Part In Packing Their Lunch

Kids are more likely to eat foods that they have helped choose and prepare. This can be as simple as cutting up some fruit and cheese into cubes, or assembling kabobs on skewers or sturdy straws. Place them in a container in a lunch bag, along with a handful of whole grain crackers, and a yogurt.

2. Food Is For Dipping

Kids enjoy dipping foods. Take a leftover dinner protein item like grilled chicken, cut it into strips, add sugar snap peas, baby carrots, whole grain pretzels, and hummus or ranch dressing for dipping.

3. Time Crunch Creations

California rolls made with brown rice are a portable and convenient finger food available at many supermarkets. Pack with some sliced star fruit, or your child’s favorite fruit for a healthy dessert.

4. Go Ethnic To Get Veggies In

  • Mediterranean – Whole grain Pita wedges, hummus, Greek yogurt, tabouli, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, green beans
  • Mexican – Guacamole, black bean dip, whole grain chips, low fat cheese cubes, red and yellow pepper strips
  • Italian – Prosciutto or ham wrapped around a sesame breadstick, mozzarella balls, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts

5. Other Quick Fixes

  • Roll up deli meats and low fat cheese slices in a whole grain wrap and cut into pinwheels for a twist on the same old boring sandwich. Pack with 1/2 cup trail mix instead of chips to add fiber, healthy fats, and calcium.
  • Soups and pasta salads hold over well in a good thermos.

Don’t make lunch prep a major homework assignment. These nuevo ideas will put the classic PB&J on the back burner. Bon Appétit!

Written by: Tina Marinaccio, Owner of Health Dynamics LLC

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About the Author

Tina Marinaccio, owner of Health Dynamics LLC in Morristown, NJ, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer. With 20 years experience as a motivational wellness speaker, expert in fitness and nutrition, and gourmand foodie, she provides corporate wellness workshops, individual and group counseling, personal training, and nourishing and distinctive cooking enlightenment. She is an adjunct professor in clinical nutrition and food sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and mentors students from around the country.

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