It's school time again. I can't believe it's already here. If you're a parent, you know what I mean. Waking at the crack of dawn to get everyone up, fed and moving out the door. And finding time in between to fix the kids their daily school lunches.
This year, you might find yourself looking for some new inspiration in the school lunch department. Maybe your kids are tired of the same old sandwich. Or maybe you're tired of seeing your hard-made lunches continuously coming home half-eaten.
If this is you, check out my most recent article, "Fast, Fun and Nutritious School Lunches", published last week in the Dallas Morning News. I feature five easy and healthy meals - sure to be at the top of your kids' request list.. Here's a snippet:
You can feel it in the air – another exciting new school year is fast approaching.
For most of us, this means gearing up not only for class time but lunch time, as well. I’m talking new lunchboxes, new water bottles – and the never-ending job of trying to pack healthy and tasty lunches.
Break out of the rut and try one of the fast lunch ideas below, sure to be a hit with your kids. You’ll find them delicious, nutritious and a snap to make.
Easy Lunch IdeasPair any of these with fresh fruit and a beverage (kid-friendly water or low-fat milk), and your child will have a healthy lunch to keep him going all day long.
Hummus DipWhat kid doesn’t like to dip? Veggies with hummus are yummy, filling and full of heart-healthy fiber and brain-boosting vitamins. Scoop store-bought hummus (Sabra and Cedar’s are good ones) into a small container; pack strips of carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers and pita slices separately for a tasty Mediterranean meal.
PB with a TwistShake up that old PB&J routine with something new. Instead of jam, top PB on bread with slivered almonds, raisins or banana slices. Or try a different nut or seed butter (like almond and sunflower) instead of the old-standby. Drizzle with a bit of honey for just a touch of sweetness.
Read on for more recipes at the Dallas Morning News.
And don't forget that making the lunch is just half the battle - it needs to be eaten (and enjoyed), as well. Be sure to scan my tips on making the lunch-making process at your house is successful - so everyone in the family remains happy and lunchboxes come home empty.