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A healthy lunch includes a whole grain, protein, fruit, and vegetable. Send your child to school with water or milk to drink with lunch. This will teach him or her to avoid sugary drinks like juice, sports drinks, and soda.
Whole wheat tortilla + Sunflower seed butter + Banana
Recipe: Lay tortilla flat and spread 1-2 Tablespoons sunflower seed butter across the surface. Place peeled banana on the
tortilla. Wrap the tortilla around the banana. Slice into bite size pieces (like sushi) or eat whole (like a burrito).
Whole wheat pita bread + Pizza or pasta sauce + Shredded mozzarella cheese + Your child’s favorite vegetable toppings
Recipe: Cover 1 side of pita bread with 1-2 Tablespoons sauce, cheese, and toppings and bake in oven or toaster oven at 350°F until the cheese melts. Allow pizza to cool before packing.
Fun tip: Try using a whole wheat English muffin or bagel instead of pita bread!
Cooked pasta + Grilled chicken + Broccoli slaw + Cherry tomatoes + Italian Dressing
Recipe: Cut or shred chicken. Mix all ingredients and toss with Italian dressing.
Fun tip: Use different types and shapes of pasta to keep salads fun – try whole wheat bow tie or penne pastas and macaroni noodles. Mix in different vegetables to add more color!
Cooked quinoa + Feta cheese + Cherry tomatoes + Sliced cucumbers + Olive oil + Lemon juice
Recipe: To cook quinoa, follow directions on packaging. Once cooked quinoa is cool, add cheese, vegetables, oil and lemon juice, and serve chilled or at room temperature.
Some children may have allergies and cannot eat or be near certain food items. Check with your child’s school to find out if it is safe to pack peanuts, tree nuts, or nut butters in your child’s lunch.
Pack your child’s lunch with an ice pack to help cold foods stay cold. If the lunch cannot be kept cold, do not pack foods that may become unsafe to eat, like milk, cheese, yogurt, egg, or deli meats.