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What do I put in my student’s lunch box instead of peanut butter?

 

It may seem that there is nothing else that he/she will eat. Keep an open mind and be creative. Include your student in planning, purchasing and preparing a healthful lunch.  Kids are often more likely to try a new food if they help prepare it.  You can research new recipes together in books or on the computer.  Listed below are a few ideas.

 

Sandwiches:

  • Lean meat and/or cheese (try something “new”…turkey, cream cheese and cranberry sauce)
  • Cream cheese and jelly or jam
  • Refried beans (add corn, olives, cheese, etc.)
  • Additions:       lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers (maybe even sprouts!!)

 

Place fillings in whole wheat bread, bagels, pita or pocket breads, corn tortilla shells or flat wraps.

Kids can also be creative and cut sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters and then make designs with dried and fresh fruit (such as raisins and mandarin oranges).

 

Ants on a log: Celery sticks with cream cheese and raisins.

 

Apple Sandwich:  Core and slice an apple crosswise.  Make a sandwich with the apples, using cheddar or ricotta cheese in the middle.

 

Chilled pasta salad:  Make a chilled pasta salad with your choice of pasta shape and color, the dressing of your choice, and one of the following combinations:

  • Thinly sliced carrots, snow peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes
  • Broccoli and tuna or ham chunks
  • Zucchini, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and lima beans or frozen green peas
  • Chicken and snow peas
  • Corn and lima beans
  • Anything else you can think of…..be creative!

 

Veggies and dip:  Cut up vegetables, such as celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers and pack with a container of dressing or dip.

 

Chicken and apple salad:  Cut an apple into chunks; add chicken cubes, seedless grapes, and celery.

 

Thermos ideas:

  • Pasta and sauce
  • Chicken, bean or vegetable soup (again….be creative!)
  • Rice with beans/meat and veggies and add the sauce of your choice (cajun, teriyaki, etc.)
  • Thinly cooked potatoes with peas and carrots. Add meat slices or bacon pieces.

 

 

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