Give your children a healthy school lunch

2016-04-26 06:00
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SO you have your from-scratch dinner­ prep down pat, and you somehow manage to put something unprocessed and nutritious in front of your children in the morning before they rush off to school.
But eating lunch on the run can present a challenge when you’re trying to eat real food morning, noon and night. Packing a midday meal for your children is one way to avoid the disappointing status quo of many cafeterias, but are lunch meat sandwiches better? With these tips, you can make sure your children are getting real food away from home too.

To make your own real food lunches it’s imperative to have some reliable supplies like a divided lunch container (with only one lid to open), ice packs, and an insulated lunch bag, thermos container and cup.

In addition to the standard lunch containers, add reusable napkins and silverware to your list of supplies as well. Five reusable cloth napkins that can be thrown in with the regular laundry will get you through the week and will also cut down on paper napkin purchases.

If you any homemade items to your children’s lunch boxes, chances are you were not slaving until midnight to make them the night before. It is all about making foods ahead of time and freezing them for a rainy day.
Make a double batch of wholewheat waffles or pancakes over the weekend, or throw a batch of whole grain muffins in the oven while you are already in the kitchen making dinner. You can even freeze soups and leftovers in individual portions for your very own homemade “hot” lunch.

Most lunch meats are highly processed, so when it comes to sandwiches, consider other alternatives like hummus and cheese, cream cheese and jelly, egg salad, pesto and tomato, or peanut butter and honey.

Rather than using wholewheat bread over and over, consider stackable foods from apple slices to whole-grain tortillas, whole-wheat pitas to homemade banana bread, or even whole-wheat waffles to use as your “bread.”
You could even abandon a sandwich altogether and send a smoothie, hot soup, or “snacky” lunch consisting of fruit, cheese, and nuts instead.
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