Sarah Krieger reviews easy healthy school lunch ideas to include snack ideas for schools that have Nut and Sugar restrictions in place.
Nut Free schools try Soy Nut Butter or Sun Flower Seed Butter great on whole grain bread, pita bread or tortillas.
Hard boiled eggs just make sure it?s packed on ice
Low sodium lunch meats, beef, turkey or ham just make sure it?s packed on ice
Pasta with garbanzo beans, or black beans, or red beans, with light Italian dressing and basil.
Put some vegetables mixed in or on the side.
Edamame are soybeans in the pod, which commonly are found in the cuisines of Japan, China, and Hawaii. They are a great source of protein, but have a natural sweet taste. Put them in a baggie and kids love them.
Fruits and Vegetables should always be a part of your child?s lunch. Combine the fruits and vegetables into one container, this will ensure your kids eat a little of everything.
Avocado with jicama and a little paprika, don?t forget the lime juice to keep the avocado from turning brown.
Baby carrots or shredded carrots mixed with dried cherries or cranberries or raisins. Kids also love cinnamon sprinkled on top.
If you buy canned or packaged fruit, buy the unsweetened (no sugar added).
Drinks, stay away from pouched and sugar added drinks, get fat free milk chocolate or white, 100% juice boxes, or water.
No Sweet or Peanut Snack ideas?
Buy or make a fruit and vegetable platter, use ?no sugar added? apple sauce for dips with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Chocolate pudding with skim milk as a dipper for strawberries, cherries or pear slices.
When the temperature rises, so does our intake of cool drinks. Too many sodas can weigh you down of course. Stick with no-calorie tea-flavored with fruit or just the tea leaves , seltzer water with a slice or two of your favorite summer fruit-pineapple, mango, any berry or kiwi.