8/7/14

What's for Lunch??

In our last post we left off introducing some of our tools to help you build a better lunch.  Today, let's put together some of those lunches and give examples of using some of the tools we gave you. It's as easy as 1-2-3!  Here's five easy steps to build your lunches:

  Step 1:  Starch + Protein
¨ Choose one serving of each

Step 2: Fruit
¨ Pair with cheese or peanut butter

Step 3: Veggie
¨ Pair with hummus, dips, peanut butter

 Step 4: Snack or treat
¨ Just a little is all you need

Step 5:  Beverage
¨ Choose water or flavored waters
 
Here's a container I picked up at Market Street to hold all the goodies.  I liked this one because it is a nice size and will fit in most lunch bags. 


Plus, it opens up and reveals several compartments to hold many different items.



Now for the important stuff: the food to pack!  Here is a picture of items I gathered to make several different lunches. 

 
First up is a Turkey Wrap, served with sliced bell peppers, cucumber dill dip, and kiwi. 


I used the Flat Out Flatbreads (often found in our Deli sections in some stores) because they are a great source of fiber and protein. I like the shape of them, too. They are easy to fill and roll. (Side note: they make a great pizza crust also). I spread some Laughing Cow Cheese to help keep the lettuce from making the wrap soggy. Then I layered the lettuce, turkey, cheese, shredded carrots, rolled it up and cut it in half! I sliced the bell peppers, but if you are in a hurry, just grab some of our Fresh Cut Veggies. And some cucumber dill dressing as a dip.  Lunch #1 ready to go!


For the next lunch, I also used the Flat Out Flatbread.  But this time I filled it with Fat-Free Refried Beans.  I added a side of salsa to dip it in, but you could try some Wholly Guacamole also.  For the fruit, I used a nectarine. And since this lunch may be a little light for some of your older kids/teens, I added an Uber Bar.


A third option for lunch:
Turkey, cheese, whole grain crackers, and tomatoes.  I also used some of our Fresh Cut Watermelon to help save me some time. 

 Here are a few more ideas to help you get started:
 
  • Light Chicken Salad (you can pick this up at some of our stores already made) and shredded carrots wrap, grapes and graham crackers.
  • Quesadilla and fruit salad
  • Whole grain crackers, apples, celery and peanut butter.
  • Boiled eggs, whole grain pancakes, and mixed berries.
  • Hummus, whole grain crackers, grape tomatoes, and a banana.
  • The classic: Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread, carrots and Ranch dip, an apple, and some Teddy Grahams
Here's to a great new school year!
     
     
     
     
 
 
 
 



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