Healthy Lunches

Check out Weelicious.com, a healthy, family friendly cooking website for back-to-school ideas for lunches. 

Lunch is the one thing kids and parents complain about the most. Parents stress about what to make and kids protest what was packed for them. At Weelicious.com find tips from Catherine McCord, and recipe ideas to create lunches that no kid would think of trading at the lunch table!  Here some helpful and healthful strategies:

·        Colors, Textures and Shapes, oh my! – The appearance of food is just as important as taste, so use shapes, texture and color to get your kids excited about lunch.  

·        Get Your Kids Involved – Try getting kids into the kitchen to help you cook – they’ll be thrilled they actually made something in their lunch box.

·        Remember the Food Groups – Include a fruit, vegetable, carb and protein in each lunch. Be creative – for instance, the protein doesn’t have to be deli meat – try cheese instead.

·        Do The Dip – Kids love an interactive lunch so incorporate a dipping sauce for items like fruit and veggies.

·        Include the Right Sweet Treat – Avoid processed or high sugar foods and opt for healthier alternatives such as dried fruits, chewy granola balls or Cheerio cookies.

You can follow Catherine on Twitter to get innovative lunch ideas each day.  Some of her favorite ingredients are listed below.  

               

·        Avocado & Cheese Quesadilla·        Roasted Veggies·        Strawberries & Pineapple

·        Sesame Sticks

·        Cilantros·        Kiwi·        Carrot & Cucumber

·        Heaven Scent Organic Crackers

 

·        Falafel with Tahini·        Rice and Edamame·        Cheese squares & croutons

·        Mango

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Written by Pamela Settle, owner of Light Shine Media Group and publisher of GoodLiving® Magazine. All Rights Reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced without permission.

GoodLiving Magazine® is printed six times a year for families in Pinellas County, Florida, home to municipalities including Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Largo and St. Petersburg. The densest county in Florida, population is near 1 Million people. Past issues are available for viewing digitally on the website.

As an advocate for children and families, Pamela Settle serves as the local committee chairperson for The Children’s Movement of Florida, a non-partisan advocacy organization that works on behalf of the well being of children throughout the State of Florida.

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