Thursday, October 20, 2011

What do you pack in a lunch (either yours or your child’s) to keep it healthy and still make it appetizing to eat? Hmm….  How about mini wheat bagels with hummus topped with red and yellow bell peppers along with fresh strawberries and black olives. Don’t like hummus, then try a smashed avocado in place of mayo. You’ll love the creaminess it gives to your bagel. It’s very easy to get into a rut and pack the same ol’ thing time after time so try to keep it new and colorful.
Try pasta salad with the fun corkscrew type noodles. Add some olive oil, cherry tomatoes, frozen peas (helps keep salad cold), onions, and whatever else that makes your tastebuds happy.
Try a bean burrito topped with lettuce, onion, and tomato.
And don’t get stuck packing the same ol’ fruit/veggie over and over again. Try carrot sticks, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, celery with peanut butter, apple sauce, orange slices, raspberries, blueberries, cucumber spears, raisins, cauliflower, or broccoli. The more color your lunch has the better! Slip in a little hummus for dipping too! *If you send lunches to school be sure to chop up the fruits/veggies into bite sized pieces to make it easier for them to eat. Remember, their lunch time if very short.
Nuts like almonds and cashews as well as popcorn and boiled eggs are also great things to add to lunches. With it being pumpkin season, add some pumpkin seeds too!
Just remember, you (or your kids) get plenty of processed food in a day’s time, make lunch Unprocessed. J
* Thought for the day*
You can say this for ready-mixes - the next generation isn't going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.  ~Earl Wilson

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