Lunches: Tired of the Same Old Thing

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      Look for as much variety as you can. Use different types of bread
      (or perhaps crackers, tortillas or rice cakes) for sandwiches; cut
      sandwiches into different shapes; look for different colors of fruit
      and vegetables.
      Enlist your child’s help in both choosing the foods for lunch and
      preparing them. Don’t give too many choices.

      Set parameters for the
      choice: ask whether she would like grapes or oranges, or a peanut
      butter or tuna sandwich.
      Since time is of the essence, cut fruit and vegetables into bite-
      size pieces, peel oranges or tangerines, and make sure food is in
      easy-to-open containers.
      Try low-fat ranch dressing for veggies and yogurt for fruit to make
      this part of the meal more attractive.
      If your child likes salads, include bits of leftover tuna, chicken
      or beef for added protein.
      Jazz up peanut butter sandwiches by including sliced bananas, honey,
      marshmallow fluff, sliced apples or pretzels.

      Surprise!

      It’s not the
      same old sandwich anymore.
      Leftover pizza is a great addition to a bag lunch.
      Make fruit, vegetable or even cheese kabobs.
      To make sure your child gets enough calcium, pack cheese cubes,
      string cheese, cottage cheese or pudding.
      Encourage milk or water to drink.
      Try hummus or other bean dips with crackers or baked pita chips for
      a fun and easy-to-eat meal.
      Add a sweet treat for dessert: two or three cookies, pudding, graham
      crackers and a small muffin are all smart choices.
      Instead of a plain brown bag …

      Pack your child’s lunch in an insulated container that holds a
      reusable cold pack, or use a frozen juice box to keep the rest of
      the meal cold. A wide-mouth thermal container works great for soups
      or chili. Use microwavable containers to store food safely.

      Add a
      sticker, personal note, special napkin or other item that shows
      you’re thinking of your child.

      Add fruit dips such as:

      Margarita Fruit Dip
      1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
      1/3 cup frozen margarita drink mix, thawed
      2 Tbsp.

      orange juice
      1 tsp. grated lime or lemon peel, if desired
      1/4 cup whipping cream, whipped

      In a medium bowl, beat together softened cream cheese, margarita
      mix, orange juice and lime peel until smooth. Fold whipped cream
      into mixture until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour to blend
      flavors.

      Serve dip with strawberries, cherries, peach slices and
      other fresh fruit. 12 servings

      Calories: 85
      Fat: 7 grams
      Sodium: 50 mg

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Budget101 Discussion List Lunches: Tired of the Same Old Thing