Beat the Brown Bag Blues

Okay we know how our kids feel about those packed lunches and whats in them. They are hardly ever exciting or fun and kids know that. Instead, brown bag lunches are convenient, economical and all too often boring. But are your packed lunches becoming too mundane, unappealing and dull? If you have the brown bag blues, you may be in need of a brown bag makeover. So for this school year, here are some great ways to liven things up.

Lunch doesn't just have to be the limp ham and cheese your mom used to pack. Bored with bread? There are plenty of other options. Planning healthy lunches is a snap when you use this handy guide. Choose at least one item from each of the four groups:

1. Breads and starches for energy all day long
2. Protein for muscle building
3. Fruits and vegetables for vital nutrients
4. Dairy foods for strong bones and teeth

Tired of that plain old turkey on wheat? Try these other high-protein options to liven up your family's lunches:


water-packed tuna
cottage cheese
flavored or baked tofu
lean deli ham
deli chicken or turkey
peanut butter
nut butters
cheese
string cheese
deli roast beef
tuna salad
vegetarian "meats"
egg salad
boiled eggs
chicken salad
bean dip

posted by razz @ 11:59 PM,

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