Since I had such a great response to my Lunchbox 101 series, I have decided to continue the series on a monthly basis throughout the school year. Now that the weather is getting cooler, I like to know my kids will have something warm in their bellies for lunch. Some simple ideas are to pack leftovers from the night before like:
• Mac and cheese
• Baked ziti or lasagna
• Cooked rice with leftover meat and/or veggies
• Beans and rice
Some other ideas that have gone over well are:
• Oatmeal — try to make it interesting. My girls like it with peanut butter and a little agave syrup, or you can try my pumpkin oatmeal recipe from last week’s article.
• Warm soup with a cheese sandwich or some cheese and crackers — Tomato soup is great here, but I have also heated up a broth and added fun shaped pastas.
• You can find healthier versions of chicken nuggets or homemade chicken strips with dipping sauce on the side.
Food safety is very important, so be sure to purchase a thermos to keep food warm/hot until lunchtime. I’d love to hear some of your healthy lunchbox ideas. Feel free to e-mail me your ideas and you may get your idea or recipe featured in a future addition of Lunchbox 101.
Corinna Maggy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist offering private personal training, classes, and weight management programs. She can be reached at 605-3549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.