April 19, 2019

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Lunchbox Lessons


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Chicken Soft TacosEquip your kids with a packed lunch that will power them through the busy school day. These easy lunchbox suggestions will save you time and help start the school year off right.

Choose Tummy-Pleasing Protein
The combination of whole grains plus protein is the key to a satisfied tummy. Select lean protein
choices like tuna or chicken that kids won’t be tempted to trade away. Bumble Bee® Premium 98% Fat-Free Chicken Breast supplies 13 grams of protein per two-ounce serving and less sodium than deli meats. For tuna with pizzazz, try Bumble Bee Sensations® lightly marinated tuna medleys in Sundried Tomato and Basil or Spicy Thai Chili flavors. Serve with whole grain crackers or celery sticks for kids that prefer some crunch at lunch.

 

Map Out the Week Ahead
Involve your child in the weekly lunch planning and preparation. Using easy-to-manage ingredients like Flatout Flatbread® , kids of all ages can play the role of chef. Kids can simply stuff them with an assortment of their favorite ingredients, roll it up and go. Flatout Flatbread® Healthy Whole Grain are made with 100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat and supply an excellent source of fiber from whole grains to fuel the body and mind for long-lasting energy, appetite control and academic performance. All Healthy Grain varieties also bear the Whole Grain Stamp.

Here are three ways to get rollin’:

1.   Wrap ‘em with fat-free refried beans, salsa and shredded cheese

2.   Roll ‘em with hummus, lettuce, tomato and feta cheese

3.   Stuff ‘em with lean turkey, pre-washed greens and vinaigrette

Serve Tradition with a Twist
A PB&J sandwich is a long-standing lunchbox favorite, but did you know it’s also jam-packed with fiber, healthful fats and protein? This school year, build an even better PB&J with Naturally More™ , a unique peanut butter spread that’s enhanced with ALA plant-based omega-3s from ground flaxseeds, flaxseed oil and wheat germ. Each smooth and creamy serving also supplies a greater amount of protein and fiber than traditional peanut butter with less fat and sugar. Serve Peanut Butter or Almond Butter varieties with sliced bananas, whole fruit preserves and a pinch of cinnamon.

Consider “Packability”
Your child’s lunchbox has miles to travel between home and the lunch table. Pack foods that travel well like perfectly portioned low-fat string cheese, applesauce, fruit cups or Frito-Lay® 100 Calorie Mini Bites. Munchable whole grain varieties like SmartFood® White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn and Sunchips® Multigrain Snacks offer a healthier alternative to other crunchy snacks without sacrificing the fun.

Make Water Sporty
If your kids only drink when thirsty, chances are they aren’t getting enough fluid throughout the school day. Thirst can be a sign that mild dehydration has already set in.  Encourage your child to stop by the water fountain and sip on water or low-fat milk at lunch. For a blast of fun and a cool way to hydrate, pack an 11-ounce Deer Park® Brand Natural Spring Water Aquapod™ with lunch.

 

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