Monday, August 04, 2008
What's for Lunch? Lunch Packing Tips
School will be back in session before you know it. After battling our preschool over their menus, I gave up. We pack lunch daily. For me, too. It saves money, which is really important right now for us all. It also guarantees your child will at least have a chance at a healthy meal. Schools are cutting back as well, which means quality usually goes first. Unless, of course, you are a high school in France. Steamed mussels for $3.00/day? I'm in.
Here's a typical lunch for my Kiddo on a week where I don't have something sexy to put in the Bento. The meal generally includes:
1 oz. of lean meat
1 oz. cheese
1 small slice wholegrain bread, here with honey
2 kinds of fruit, in season, berries and peaches
green beans with Balsamic dressing for dipping
Red pepper and cucumber sticks
8 oz. milk
Each day, I try for a fruit, a vegetable, protein, a wholegrain or pasta. I also try to have at least three colors in the box, colors of foods that is. It's always a good idea to plan for lunches when you make your grocery list. If red pepper sticks are a favorite, cut plenty for the week and store for quick lunch prep. Think about foods that don't require heating. Use an ice pack to keep food at a safe temperature until lunchtime.
A few recipes in this site that are good for lunch box sides:
Summer Vegetable Fritters
Lima Bean Hummus (it's good, really!)