How to Create a Healthy Packed LunchHaving a hard time figuring out what to pack your children for lunch? Here are some tips on how to create a healthy packed lunch, which are more nutritious than the once served in the cafeteria.

 “Here are some steps to create a healthy, satisfying packed lunch that your child will be excited to eat:

1.Pick Your Protein

As with any meal, packing a lunch starts by picking a protein, and it doesn’t have to be in a sandwich. Try leftover chicken or turkey from last night’s dinner if it’s a meat your child likes. Or put lean, low-sodium deli meat in a whole wheat pita or tortilla. For non-meat ideas, peanut butter is often a staple for kids, but try mixing things up by adding other nut butters like almond or cashew butter. You can also branch out with hard-boiled eggs, cheese cubes or even tofu if your child will eat it. If you do make a sandwich, stick to whole wheat bread and stay away from white bread and heavy breads like pretzel breads. Another alternative to the sandwich is to build a burrito ‘bowl’ by mixing your choice of rice, corn, black beans, lettuce and cheese and topping it with salsa.” 

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