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Tips For Easy School Lunches

August 2020

  1. Plan ahead - Take the time to plan school lunches for the week and do the necessary grocery shopping. Get the kids involved.

  2. Pick from the food groups:

    • Vegetables and Fruit - carrot and celery sticks with dip, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, pepper rings, salad (tip: check out the recipe for Layered Lunchtime Salad below)  orange wedges, applesauce or fruit cups (look for unsweetened), frozen fruit (tip: Mix with yogurt), vegetable soup,  etc

    • Protein foods - meat, poultry, fish or beans/lentils/chickpeas as part of a sandwich, wrap or leftovers from the night before, hummus or tuna salad and crackers, yogurt, cheese cubes or slices, tofu, hard boiled eggs, nut butters, nuts and seeds as part of a trail mix (as allowed according to school allergy policy), etc.

    • Whole Grain foods - bread, buns, wraps, flatbreads, mini bagels, crackers, muffins, granola/cereal, oatmeal, pasta, rice, other grains, bannock, waffles or pancakes, etc.

  3. Something to drink - Send your kids to school with a reusable water bottle, and include milk or soy milk. Chocolate milk or 100% fruit juice can be offered on occasion. (Tip: Ask your school if they have a milk program).

  4. Make extra at supper - Supper leftovers make a quick and easy lunch. (Tip: Use a hot thermos pre-heated with boiling water then add your preheated leftovers). These foods often include 2 or more of the above food groups and can include pasta with sauce or cheese, casseroles, soups, stews, chili, curries, etc. Or pack cold leftover pizza!

  5. Be mindful of food safety - Always keep hot foods hot, and cold foods cold. Use an ice pack and an insulated lunch bag. Make sure you wash reusable water bottles and lunch bags out with hot soapy water every day.

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