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How to Pack a Back to School Lunch Box Your Kids Will Eat

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Back to School is right around the corner! Are you looking for suggestion for packing the lunch box with foods your child will eat? This article will give you some ideas for packing a meal that your child will love and eat, plus some healthier choices. First make sure your child picks a lunch box with a thermos and an insulated section where you can put hot and cold foods, but let them pick the design that they like and are proud to carry to school. You can also freeze juice or drink boxes the night before to be used to keep foods cold, they will thaw by lunchtime. Or, you can also invest in miniature cold packs that can be found in the sporting goods section of your local department store. Pick and choose from this list to make a lunch that your child will eat, let them help you plan.

Fruits:
Bananas
Oranges
Apples
Pears
Plums
Melon
Grapes
Cherries
Strawberries
Peaches
Nectarine

Choose whatever is in season; for smaller children cut fruits in bite size piece
Fruit cups
Apple slices with peanut butter for dipping
Dried fruit or fruit chips

Veggies:
Cut veggies in finger food size:
Cherry tomatoes
Carrots
Cucumbers
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Celery For dipping add low-fat seasoned cream cheese, hummus or ranch dressing.

Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, and Soups:
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Sandwich wraps
Sliced meat rolled into a tube, some kids do not always want the bread, offer on the side.
Cheese quesadillas
Chicken, tuna or egg salad
Hot soup, stew or chili
For unique sandwiches, get out the cookie cutter to cut the sandwich, a new one every day.

Extra Goodies:
Pasta Salad
Hard-cooked eggs
String cheese
Bean dip and baked tortilla chips
Healthier alternative to chip: veggie chips, bagel rounds, or baked tortilla crisps.
Trail Mix, you can buy ready made are make your own.
Mini muffins, buy or make your own.
Dress up low-fat yogurt by sending some stir-ins like granola, trail mix or unsalted chopped nuts.
Bag of pretzels, crackers or cereal
Graham crackers
Popcorn, popped

Drinks:
100% Juice boxes
1% milk *Vegetable juice
Water

Tips:
Put a personal note, cartoon or a picture of family pet and remind them how much you love them.
Include your child on meal planning, if they do not like it they will not eat it.

Warning:
Pick a lunch box with a thermos and an insulated section where you can put hot and cold foods.






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jswana said:

jswana
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How well do I remember that cold insulated pack. I had to learn what my son would eat and it began to work out. Great guidelines on packing what a child will eat. Thanks.
 
July 30, 2010
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