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