Creative, Healthy School Lunch Tips:
1. Make It healthy
Include at least 3 of the 5 core foods:
i. Low-fat dairy: Milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, pudding made with fat free milk
ii. Meat and protein foods: lunch meats, leftover meats/poultry/fish from dinner, tuna, peanut butter, cheese, soy products such as tofu or veggie burgers
iii. Fruit: Fresh, canned in juice (water), dried, 100% juice, or frozen (to thaw by lunch time and keep lunch boxes chilled).
iv. Vegetables: Carrot, celery, cucumber, bell pepper, zucchini strips, grape/cherry tomatoes, lettuce for sandwiches or salads, soup in a thermos made with extra vegetables
v. Whole Grains: whole wheat breads, pita, tortillas, English muffins for sandwiches and other whole grains including whole wheat pasta, rice, cereals, crackers