Helpful Tips

Taking The Stress Out Of Making Lunch For Your Kids

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When I was a child, my mother made me a ham and cheese sandwich with mayo for 9 years straight. Think I’m kidding? Think again. I literally ate the same thing from K-8. She never had to worry about variety.

If you are someone who likes to change it up a bit – eDiets just offered up some great tips.  Just think outside the box!

1. Think Rainbows: Color increases food consumption.
2. Love Those Shapes: Use cookie cutters and kitchen tools to cut up sandwiches.
3. Variety: It’s the spice of life. The more variety, the better.
4. Cut Food up: Kids love bite-size pieces!
5. Remember Food Groups: The rule of thumb is to pick a food from each food group (veggie, fruit, grain, protein, dairy)
6. Get Them Involved: Let them do some of the packing! Trust me. If they don’t like the food, they won’t pack it!
7. Portion It Out: Keep serving sizes in check; individual servings work great.
8. Sneak a Treat: They will love you for it. A bite-size treat can do the trick!

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Need some concrete examples:
– Whole fruit or fruit cups in natural juice
– Cutup carrots or veggies with a side of dressing
– Peanut butter with apples or raisins
– Cheese stick or cutup cheese slices
– Yogurt cups or on-the-go types
– Sandwiches on whole grain bread, tortillas (wrap-ups) or pita pockets
– Whole-grain bagels, waffles, or pancakes
– Deli roll-ups with low fat cheese
– Dried cereal/fruit mix
– Leftover meals from the night before
– Water

Did I mention I don’t eat ham anymore? Not sure if you figured that out or not.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.