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Back To School Lunches

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It is getting near the end of summer. Even though the weather is still hot, school starts next week or has already started for many kids across the US. How can you get your kids to eat healthy food that won't come back home in their lunchbag, uneaten at the end of the day? Give them TASTY nutritious food! As adults we won't eat food that doesn't taste good. How can we expect our kids to eat food that doesn't taste good?

Packing lunches is always tough. I like to always have a whole grain, protein, fruit and/or vegetable, and a source of dairy/calcium.

New ideas for lunch:
Peanut butter, banana, and raisin whole wheat wrap with a piece of string cheese, baby carrots, and Fruitables 100% juice box or milk.
This is a twist on the old peanut butter and jelly. Use a whole wheat wrap instead of bread. Spread with peanut butter of choice. Peanut butter is nutritious because it is the highest protein nut which provides sustained energy. It also has 30 important nutrients and is affordable. Most importantly, kids love it! Use sliced banana and 1/4 cup of California raisins in the wrap to get real fruit servings instead of high sugar jelly. This lunch has 4 servings of fruit/vegetable if you use 100% juice as a beverage!

Pasta salad made with whole wheat pasta, chicken breast, and small bits of vegetables (I use broccoli and red pepper) with a low fat yogurt and Fruitables 100% juice. A great whole wheat pasta your kids will eat is Ronzoni Healthy Harvest. In just 3 oz dry (just over a cup cooked) you can get all of their whole grain for the entire day. Add cubed or sliced chicken breast and veggies and you have a wonderful dish. Healthy Harvest whole wheat pasta tastes great and is an excellent source of fiber and omega-3s from flax, too. Bonus!

Check out this link for yummy recipes using Ronzoni Healthy Harvest pastas.
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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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