Packing a Tasty / and Healthy Lunch

August 29th, 2011 | By Marjie No Comments

It’s fun to pick out a new lunch box every year! Insulated lunch bags are your best choice, especially if they have freezer packs (or room for some) and keep foods and liquids separate. Once you have a cool place to put snacks and lunches, be creative and have fun with planning your ‘menu’!

Sandwiches on whole grain bread

  • Tuna
  • Egg salad
  • Deli style (turkey, lean roast beef, chicken) with a thin slice of cheese
  • Peanut butter – or try cashew or almond butter! – with a 100% fruit spread
  • Keep the dressings light; add lettuce, tomato, cucumber or any other veggie you like!

Fresh fruit or veggies

  • Apples, bananas, oranges, grapes
  • Applesauce with cinnamon sprinkled on top
  • Cut-up melon with strawberries and blueberries
  • Baby carrots with a little Ranch dressing on the side
  • Crunchy raw green beans, broccoli or cauliflower with Ranch

Side items (that aren’t potato chips)

  • Pasta salad, cole slaw or potato salad
  • Yogurt or frozen yogurt pouches
  • String cheese
  • Nuts like almonds, cashews or walnuts

Leftovers

  • Stew or soup with a whole grain roll
  • Lasagna with a little salad and bread
  • Chili with crackers and string cheese
  • Chicken casserole and carrots with a veggie dip

Dessert

  • Two small cookies
  • Homemade pound cake
  • Raspberries in natural juices
  • A bite or two of angel food cake with strawberries on the side

Watch our next issue of Athens MOVE for some more really kid-friendly, creative lunch ideas!

Or

Send us your healthy lunch ideas and we will share them in our Recipe Book on www.AthensMOVE.com


adapted from nutrition.about.com

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