Healthy Brown Bag Lunches

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Benefits:

Packing your child’s lunch can have many benefits.  For one, it can save you money.  You will have peace of mind knowing that your child is eating healthy, unprocessed food.  They will not be left to choose unhealthy food just because it looks good.  Another benefit is that your child can help you pack the lunch.  You can give them choices of two items and they pick.  You can have an orange or an apple.  You can choose a sandwich wrap or a salad.  You will be teaching your child healthy habits and eating right.

Did you know?

· Kale chips are amazingly healthy.  These are easy to make, and a great replacement for potato chips. They are full of calcium, vitamin A, Iron, and potassium.

· 1 orange can be 7 percent of you child’s recommended daily value of vitamin C.

· Many orange vegetables have a lot of vitamin A, B, and C, such as carrots, which make a great snack.

· Broccoli is another great source of calcium and more than doubles in vitamin C for one servings.

Simple lunches to pack:

· Eggs have a lot of protein and many children like boiled eggs.  A simple lunch would be two boiled eggs, a bunch of grapes, a piece of wheat bread and some carrot sticks on the side, with a yogurt and 100 percent juice pouch.  You will have all the five main food groups and your child will enjoy.

· Spelt salad (faro) spelt is high in protein grain with a mellow nutty flavor in rich in vitamin B. add some broccoli to this salad, an orange on the side, milk and crackers.

· Ham and cheese.  You take a piece of ham and a stick of low fat cheese and roll the ham around it.  Kiwi slices, peppers slices and dressing for dipping. A small roll can be added with a juice or milk.

· Cold chick wedges, lettuce, tomatoes, low fat cheese and wheat bread.  Yogurt, cauliflower raw on the side, carrot sticks. 100 percent juice.

Getting your child involved in the process of packing their lunch will only lead them to eat it.  You and your family can make a list of items you that everyone likes.  Make sure you have all of the food groups included.  Make a menu Monday through Friday. Plan this with your child or children. See what things they like and dislike and get creative.  This also doubles as your shopping list.  You will know what your child likes and you are planning meals for a healthier family. 

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI.   Besides overseeing sites she has also managed successful fundraisers including golf tournaments, developed and given countless training sessions, and served on boards and committees.  Tracy is currently one of the faces of The Children’s Workshop appearing on segments of “The Modern Parent” on Fox Providence’s morning television show, The Rhode Show.  In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.