Always wondering what to pack for
the kids’ lunch?  What is nutritious and
the children will eat?  Well, here are a
few ideas that may make packing lunch less of a hassle.

                First,
try to use whole grains instead of the white stuff as much as possible.  Bread, pita, pasta and rice can all be found
in whole grain.  When making sandwiches
try to spread on avocado instead of mayonnaise; avocados provide healthy fats
and are packed with vitamins.  You can
also add avocado slices and a squirt of lemon (the lemon keeps the avocado from
changing color) for a new twist to old sandwiches.  Another way to jazz up lunch is to use hummus
as a spread on sandwiches or as a dip for dunking fresh veggies and baked tortilla
chips.  Hummus is made of chickpeas and
sesame seed paste so it is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals like
iron, manganese, B6, folate and many others. 
Also try grilling chicken breast or broiling a roast, the cut it into
thin slices and keep it in the refrigerator. 
This is an easy way ensure your children are getting good  quality meat without added preservatives and
nitrates, not to mention it is cheaper than buying cold cuts. 

                In
addition to making sandwiches healthier, it is also important to pack healthy
sides and snacks for your children. 
Grapes, blue berries, apple slices, fresh figs, peaches and many other
fresh fruits make great snacks for children. 
They are loaded with vitamins and fiber, while their sweetness appeals
to children’s taste buds.  Dried fruits
make great snacks too and they are especially good sources of fiber and
minerals but they are high in calories so only pack an ounce or two.   Dried figs, apricots, cranberries and raisins
are all easy to pack, fun to eat snacks children love.

                Packing
lunch is not an easy task but it is important children get healthy food that
will help them learn and grow during their time at school.  Hopefully these tips will help make it easier
and healthier.  And most importantly,
your kids will love it.

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