Case in point: Two weeks ago, I had lunch with my twelve-year-old sister, who brings lunch to school, and I noticed that most of her friends were eating cafeteria food. The choices were grim: nachos, hamburgers, and a plethora of fat and sodium-laden side dishes. Sure, the children could choose the vegetarian option, but how many children do you know that would choose a salad over chili cheese fries!
To avoid children eating these unhealthy lunches it is better to send your children off to school with a nutritious brown bag lunch. Here are some wonderful and nutritious lunches that will have your child begging for home cooked food over cafeteria junk---
- 4 whole wheat bagels
- 1/2 cup roasted red pepper hummus
- 4 slices lean deli turkey breast
- a cucumber sliced and seeded
- 2 tomatoes sliced
- leaves of spinach
Spread the hummus on the bagels and layer the other ingredients on the bagel. Serve with a side of carrot sticks and salsa.
Updated Peanut Putter Sandwiches
Makes 2 sandwiches
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, preferably organic
- 1/8 cup shredded carrots
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp raisins
- 1 tbsp honey
- 4 slices whole wheat bread
Quick and easy...load all of the ingredients on the bread. Serve this with an apple and some chocolate soy milk.
Tic Tac Toe Lunch
- 1/2 whole wheat pita filled with homemade low fat tuna or chicken salad
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup crunchy O-shaped cereal
- 1 cup raw veggies
- 1/4 cup low fat Ranch for dipping
This is lots of fun because children can eat and play a game at the same time. Send a paper with a grid on it and tell them that the raisins are X's and the o-shaped cereal pieces are the O's.
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