School Lunches, Healthy Choices
Packing up a healthy school lunch is easy with these tasty tips.
Healthy School Lunches: Make Other Meals Do Double Duty
You can get a healthy midday meal together fast when you've cooked it up
that morning -- or the night before.
Leftovers for Lunch. When dinner is a hit, dish it up again the next
day for lunch. These leftovers work well in a thermos or insulated bag:
- Sloppy Joes: Serve with bread sticks, crackers, or a roll, baby carrots or
celery sticks, and 1% low-fat milk
- Pizza, fruit, and 100% fruit juice
- Shepherd's pie, stew, macaroni and cheese, Chinese food, or pasta and
meatballs; fruit, and 1% low-fat milk
Lunch on Breakfast. Kids love to mix up meal times. They'll look
forward to lunch with these midday meals in the bag.
- Dry whole-grain cereal, slivered almonds for mixing with cereal; thermos of
1% low-fat milk (or purchase a carton at school); fruit
- French toast cut into strips, single-serve container of applesauce for
dipping, carton or thermos of 1% low-fat milk
- Whole-grain bagel or mini bagels spread with low-fat cream cheese, carton
of low-fat yogurt, banana
- Waffle sandwich: two whole-grain waffles, spread with any nut butter or
sunflower seed butter, carton of low-fat yogurt, fruit
Deal With Dessert.When other kids are eating cookies, candy or other
treats at lunchtime, it may be difficult for your child to go without. So pack
- A mini candy bar or a mini muffin works well to satisfy a sweet tooth;
100-calorie packs of lower-fat cookies, such as animal crackers, are a happy
- Dessert doesn't have to be sweet. Pack a single-serve bag of low-fat
popcorn (it's a whole grain!); sliced hard cheese and dried fruit; or a small
amount of snack chips.