It’s prime time for farmers markets, and the bounty of fresh produce means summer cooking is in full swing. Enjoying foods at their seasonal peak is not only delicious, but it’s more nutritious, affordable and better for the environment. Read more
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Kids and adults are likely to agree: Pizza is the perfect lunch, especially when it’s healthy. Kids will dig the fun factor of picking their own muffin mix-ins and parents will love the nutrition content of this easy-to-make, protein-packed lunch. Made with traditional pizza toppings like tomatoes, olives, Italian seasoning and mozzarella cheese, these pizzas are also easy to modify based on your kids’ imaginations; let them add their favorite cheese, seasonings and vegetables. Younger kids will probably nosh on one muffin; older kids will likely want two or more. Pack ‘em up in a lunchbox, then round out the meal with a side of carrots and fresh fruit. A fruit salad of sweet strawberries, juicy oranges and tangy kiwi is a delicious ending to this kid-friendly, parent-approved healthy lunch. Read more
The hustle and bustle of everyday life may have you skimping on lunch. But having a set plan can help bring order to the most hectic of schedules. Here is one week of delicious lunches.
September is synonymous with back to school and brown bag lunches. And even if you’re not going back to school, you may be looking to spice up your midday meal. As a vegetarian or vegan, you may think your lunch option is limited to plain peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but here are three creative lunch ideas to change your mind.
Getting a little tired of sandwiches day after day? Wrap up lunch three tasty ways.
How do we make mealtime appealing to little kids but acceptable to us? With summer winding down and the first day of school approaching, I’ve started thinking of ways to make lunchtime fun and healthy. Here are my product picks.
• Juice Box: Vita Coco Kids is 100% natural juice from coconuts blended with filtered water and natural fruit flavors. The Kids line comes in three new varieties: Apple Island, Paradise Punch and Very Cherry Beach. On average, the drinks contain 8 grams of sugar per 6 oz. serving; compare that with traditional juice boxes, which can have up to 30 grams of sugar, even in the 100% juice varieties. The Vita Coco drinks have no artificial sweeteners, are a good source of vitamin C, and have 200 mg of potassium per serving.
Where I live, school starts this week so I need to switch gears from casual summer fare to brain food. Did I just say “brain food?” Yep, it’s true, certain foods actually improve memory, energy, focus and growth. And these delights all fit in one little lunch bag.
When I plan my boys’ lunches, I always remember this: the optimal meal blends protein and complex carbohydrates. Why? For nutrients and fiber, so the food is digested slowly, providing energy and better motor coordination all afternoon (when they typically have recess and PE). Here are some great options and the science behind them:
EGG SALAD WITH WHOLE GRAIN CRACKERS:
Eggs contain choline, a nutrient that helps brain and memory development (choline is vital for the creation of memory stem cells in the brain; more cells = better memory).
Whole grain crackers boast fiber, which helps maintain a steady stream of energy for hours, and B vitamins which, studies show, improve alertness.