6 Essentials to Pack in your Child’s School Lunch Box

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Protein

Your kid is tired of turkey sandwiches and your school has banned peanut butter. Now what? Try these plant-based protein sources your kid will love: almond or soy butter, cheese, hummus, edamame, nuts, tofu, beans, seeds and tempeh. A great way to add a little fun to the protein section of your child’s lunch is by cutting an almond butter sandwich or cheese with fun-shaped cookie cutters. Kids will also find it fun to find a neat little container in their lunch box filled with nuts, seeds, beans or edamame.

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Whole Grains

Whole grains provide fiber and B vitamins that kids need, and are a much better choice than nutrient-poor refined grains. Opt for whole grain bread, tortillas or pita for sandwiches or pack whole grain crackers. Or pack granola, corn, whole grain pasta, couscous, quinoa or brown rice. Give whole grains a fun twist adding a little unexpected sweetness. Add organic vanilla yogurt to granola for a sweet treat, or add a yummy dip or small container of honey to sweeten up pita slices, crackers or tortilla triangles.

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Vegetables

We bet your kids would agree that veggies are more fun to eat when dunked in a tasty dip. Carrots, olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes taste delicious with a homemade organic ranch dip for example. Celery is great when paired with peanut butter and raisins. Sweet potato slices are delicious when dipped in a little tempura sauce. And a great way to incorporate many of these veggies into your kid’s lunch box is by making them into a tangy coleslaw.

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4 Responses to “6 Essentials to Pack in your Child’s School Lunch Box”

  1. Mtarbarnes says:

    Where oh where can I get this box??!
    It’s fabulous ,thank you!

  2. bkdaddy says:

    That bento box is so cool..can you post the brand?

  3. Jennie Lyon says:

    The metal bento box is from PlanetBox.

  4. tiffave88 says:

    Hello, I am currently doing a research paper on healthful eating in elementary school lunch programs. I was wondering if you could provide me with more information on where I can get access to the letter from 300 physicians you list above? Thank you!

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