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August 27th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized

Imagine your alarm goes off.  You stretch, then race to get ready for the day.  How will you pack your family’s lunches?

 During back-to-school, back-to-work season, get creative with healthful pack and go lunches. 

  • Hand-y.  Finger foods are easy to eat:  sandwiches, wraps, pita pockets.  Go beyond sandwiches:  string cheese or hummus with veggie sticks.
  • Crunch in your lunch.  Tuck in crisp raw vegetables (peppers, celery, carrots, zucchini, broccoli), fresh fruit (tangerine, apple, grapes, pear), whole-grain foods (crackers, popcorn, pretzels), and nuts.
  • Add some fun:  baked chips, oatmeal cookies, trail mix.
  • Heaviest on bottom:  Pack juice, whole fruit, yogurt, pudding cups, and other heavy items on the bottom so they don’t crush the other foods.
  • Chill out.  Use an insulated bag with cold packs to keep food cold and safe.  Freeze juice or bottled water for double duty:  chilling and drinking.  (No need to rely on vending machine soda.)
  • Surprise!  For kids, tuck a puzzle, cartoon, or note inside, to say you care.

     Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source:  365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association (Wiley 2004), Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS

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