It's back to school time, and that means schedule changes for the entire family, and school lunches.
If you have more than one child those lunches can really mount up so you'll want to make the process as easy as possible.
Amy Sewell from Shop With Style shared her ABCs of School Lunches with us.
A - Apples, Bananas, Celery.
Pack plenty of produce to add color and nutrition, including at least one serving of fruit each day. To get kids to eat their veggies, fill celery sticks with a bit of peanut butter or include low-fat salad dressing for dipping fresh veggies.
B - Bite-Sized Options.
Child-friendly foods like baby carrots, grapes and bite-sized muffins are easy to pack and fun to eat.
C - Calcium.
Low-fat milk or yogurt will help build strong bones and provide protein to keep kids satisfied throughout the afternoon.
D - Deli Meats.
Sandwiches are a lunchtime staple, but they don't have to boring! Try several varieties of Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunchmeat, which come in hearty or thin slices and are made with no by-products or artificial flavors. For days when kids prefer not to take sandwiches, roll up a few slices of deli meat and pack some whole grain crackers and low-fat cheese cubes.
E - Eco-Friendly.
Use insulated lunch boxes with reusable food containers to eliminate the waste associated with paper and plastic bags and food wrappers. Lands End has a variety of sizes, colors and styles of lunch packs that are suitable for students of all ages.
F - Freezer Packs.
Keep lunches safe for up to five hours by placing an ice pack inside an insulated lunch box.
G - Get Creative.
Substitute whole grain English muffins or pita pockets for sandwich bread. Use cookie or sandwich cutters to make kid-sized sandwiches, or cut cucumbers and other produce into fun shapes.
Finally, don't forget to include Post-it notes in their lunch box to wish children a great day and tell them how much you love them!
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