Wondering What to Pack for School Lunches?
Here are 15 healthier brown-bag lunch options now available in your supermarket.
What to Pack for Lunch: Sweet Foods continued...
Minuses: Each bar contains 6 grams of sugar. However, this translates
to 24% calories from sugar, which is better than many other chewy bars.
per serving: 100 calories, 2 g protein,
21 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 2 g fiber, 6 g
Quaker Granola Bites -- Peanut Butter
(Also comes in other flavors, such as cinnamon and chocolate.)
Serving size: 20-gram pouches.
Pluses: Whole-grain rolled oats is the first ingredient; each pouch
contains 2 grams fiber.
Minuses: Sugar is the second ingredient listed on the label (although
the product contains 27% calories from sugar), and hydrogenated palm kernel oil
is the third (each pouch contains 2.5 grams saturated fat and 0 grams of trans
per serving: 90 calories, 2 g protein,
14 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2 g fiber, 6
Fuelers Energy Cookies (Pacific Foods) -- All Natural Chocolate
(Comes in other flavors such as Oatmeal Raisin and Peanut Butter.)
Serving size: 1.2-ounce packages.
Pluses: Whole-grain flour is the first ingredient; each serving
contains 3 grams of fiber.
Minuses: Corn syrup is the second ingredient; each serving contains
12 grams of sugar (37% calories from sugar).
per serving: 130 calories, 5 g protein,
21 g carbohydrate, 4.5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 5 mg
cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 12 g sugar. Each serving also contains 25% Daily Value
for calcium, 10% for vitamin D, around 25% for the B-vitamins, 10% for vitamin
What to Pack for Lunch: Entrées
For those mornings when you refuse to spread and slice one more sandwich,
there are a few new lunch entrée options on the supermarket shelf.
Foster Farms Chicken Strips
(The two flavors that were lowest in sodium are Grilled Chicken Breast
Strips and Southwestern Seasoned Strips.)
Serving size: Each 6-ounce sealable package contains two 3-ounce
Pluses: This is an easy way to add some chicken to the pita sandwich
or chicken Caesar salad you're packing in the morning. It also offers something
different from the usual "cold cut" lunch fare.
Minuses: Even though these are the two flavors lowest in sodium in
this product line, they still contribute 460-500 milligrams per serving. You
might want to avoid pairing these with something high in sodium, such as salty
Nutrition information per serving: 100 to 110 calories, 19 to 22
grams protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 1.5 to 2 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans
fat, 25 to 50 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 460 to 500 mg sodium.
Bumble Bee Ready-to-Eat Fat Free Tuna Salad with Crackers