Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back to School!

It's back-to-school time and back to packing lunches. Your child has picked out that cool new lunch box that he or she will be using every day-- so why not try some cool new lunch ideas!

You've heard the stories about all the 'lunch-trading' that goes on at school. The best way to ensure that your children eat the healthy lunch you pack for them is
to include them in the process. Let them help with the menu planning.

Kids don't have a lot of time for eating lunch, so try smaller portions but include more options. A smaller sandwich (bottom right) using a healthier wheat roll may actually be gobbled up! If you child only eats white bread, cut it into four sections; you can even share these among siblings. Then tuck in
some veggie sticks and dip, pretzels or trail mix, and the all-important dessert!

The turkey wrap (top right) is made with shredded turkey, thin sliced cantaloupe, and lettuce. The sweet cantaloupe makes this a real hit. Click to see the recipe for the mini quiches (left), from "Notebook: magazine". They're made with whole grain bread, shredded ham, and cheddar cheese.

If you're not sure your child will eat a new sandwich or recipe, try it out at home first. The weekend is a good time for trying something new.

And don't forget to tuck in a special note to your child. You can download these free lunch box notes, and more, by going to

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