What Favorite Foods are You Packing in Lunches?
“Snack size hummus (from Whole Foods [ and Costco]) with veggies. Also, edomame.” – Lisa Copeland
“Reese loves carrots and Ranch dip and surprisingly enough…she barely touches the Ranch.” – Melissa Maddock
“Make your own uncrustables – using whole wheat bread and mostly peanut butter (make a lot on the weekend and freeze them, they will thaw out by lunch time.” – LaDonna Goodwin
“We pack cucumber slices, snack-size hummus, different fruits and beef jerky, pita chips, celery, yogurt frozen overnight.” – Jill Byrd
“Whole wheat sandwich rounds, with light veggie cream, cucumbers, bell peppers, and sprouts….delicious! “ – May Tolson
“Catie really loves couscous. Sometimes I throw in dried fruit and pine nuts; other times I add diced tomatoes & green onion. Couscous is very versatile and can be served hot or cold! I mix up the pb & j together in a bowl before spreading it on the bread for Jake’s sandwiches. It saves on trying to get jelly stains out later. I also do pb & honey, pb & nutella, and pb & fruit.” – Cleette Harrison
“Apples, Yogurt, turkey and cheese!” – Karin Klemm
- Use whole wheat tortillas to make wraps.
- Use whole wheat bread without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors; and high fructose corn syrup (i.e. Nature’s Own).
- Select meats that are nitrate and nitrite-free to avoid harmful chemical preservatives.
- Select healthy peanut butter (hint: very short ingredient list without added sugar or oil), and 100% fruit spread for pb&j’s.
- When the weather cools down, send hot leftovers in thermos containers, to offer variety.
- Greek yogurt s are a good source of protein (usually 13-20 grams, while standard yogurts average 5-10 grams).
- Standard yogurts have their plus, too: they have two to three times the calcium of Greek yogurts (which lose some calcium in the triple straining process).
- Snack-size hummus
- Choose pretzels or baked chips over regular chips.
- String cheese (tasty and full of calcium)
- Boiled egg (package in insulated lunch bag next to frozen drink to keep cold).
- Baby carrots
- Bananas (seal in plastic baggie so its smell does not permeate other foods)
- Oranges, quartered and bagged
- Unsweetened apple sauce
- Kiwi (slice it in half, and send a plastic spork for the child to eat it out “bowl-style”)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Organic fruit snack chews made with real juice and not containing artificial coloring (i.e. Annie’s)
- Organic granola bars without artificial preservatives, flavorings, etc. (i.e. Clif bars, KIND bars) Select whole grain granola bars that are low in fat and sugar – take a look at the food label and choose the ones that contain less than 1g of saturated fat per serving and are no more than 35% sugar by weight. To figure the percentage of sugar per serving, divide the grams of sugar by the gram weight of one serving and multiply this number by 100.
- Kettlecorn (again, look for a short ingredient list).
What should I buy organic?
According to the Environmental Working Group, produce pesticide exposure can be greatly reduced by buying organic in the following twelve foods, termed “the dirty dozen”:
- nectarines – imported
- grapes – imported
- sweet bell peppers
- kale/collard greens
For more detailed information on the dirty dozen and produce’s “clean fifteen”, see http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/.
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