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More Lunchbox Ideas

When children start school, they begin to eat more and more meals away from home. Also, their food choices and habits are increasingly influenced by their friends. As a result, the foods you put in your child's lunchbox will impact not only your child's health - but may also encourage his/her friends to eat better. Here are a few "yummy" additions to any lunchbox:

  1. Melon/Blueberry/Coconut Salad:

    This sweet, colorful salad is quick to prepare and easy to take along in a lunchbox. Cut honeydew melon and/or cantaloupe into small chunks. Or use a melon baller - a task your kids will love to help you with. Add frozen or fresh blueberries and some shredded coconut. Kids have fun eating this salad because they can use their fingers!

  2. Lunchtime Noodles:

    Most kids love noodles, so this salad is a lunchtime hit. Cook 4 ounces of whole grain noodles (curly noodles, like rotini, are great for this recipe) according to the package directions. Prepare a dressing for the noodles using 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. If your kids like spicy foods, add 1/2 teaspoon of hot pepper oil or a pinch of cayenne pepper. Add finely chopped carrots, celery, and red cabbage. Top with sesame seeds and parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. This salad can be made ahead, and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  3. Chick pea spread with vegetables:

    Chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans) are loaded with protein and fiber. Plus, they have a relatively mild taste that most kids enjoy. Chick peas are used to make a traditional Mediterranean spread called hummus. Hummus is quick to prepare and easy to take along in the lunch box. Include carrot sticks, red pepper strips, or celery stalks and/or tortilla chips for dipping. To make the hummus combine 1 can (15 ounces) of chick peas, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, and 2 tablespoons of sesame tahini in a food processor. Mix until smooth. If hummus is too thick, add water as necessary. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste.