Photo courtesy of KDFW-TV Good Day Dallas.You’re up, out of bed, scrambling eggs for your kids, making sure they’ve got their homework, everyone is dressed, and…now it’s time to pack those lunches. What will it be today? PB and J? “Dad! We had that yesterday!” For moms and dads who need help adding some Zing to your child’s lunch box, take a moment to gain ideas from Registered Dietitian Meridan Zerner from KDFW-TV Good Day Dallas. Meridan showcases several creative lunch box ideas just in time for back to school. Dietitian-Recommended Lunches Suggestions for healthy eats that will provide your kiddos with the physical energy and mental focus they’ll need for that science class after lunch include:
- Mix high-protein, low-sugar yogurt and granola together in a to-go container. Toss in fresh fruit!
- Whole grain tortilla wrap with low-fat tuna or chicken salad, dark leafy greens and tomatoes
- Whole grain tortilla wrap with a nut butter and banana slices (if your school is nut-friendly)
- A slice of cheese and low-sodium deli meat sandwiched between two high-protein, whole grain waffles
- Pack a mason jar full of squash, quinoa or other whole grain, feta and light dressing
- Get creative with fruit and veggies – have your kiddos tried purple carrots? Cut fruit into fun shapes, fashion fruit skewers (see photo below) or pack a “100% Fruit Roll-Up” (recipe courtesy of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jodi Danen)
- Lastly, make a bento box. Compartments hold a hard-boiled egg, nuts, dried fruit, veggies, and…a Zing Bar! More fun bento box ideas here from Parents Magazine: “Think Inside the Box: 50 Bento Box Lunch Ideas.”