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Liven Up Lunch Time
I always try to pack nutritional school lunches for my children. I spend time cutting vegetables into appetizing shapes for dipping, heating protein-packed chicken noodle soup and removing the crust from Trevor's PBJ's on wheat bread. I slice fresh strawberries and apples, add graham crackers and cheese, and provide all-juice boxes, trying to give them healthy brain food for the school day.
But though I try to pack good food choices, I'm never really sure my children are eating their carefully-chosen snacks and sandwiches. I had visions of carrot sticks being tossed in the trash and Twinkie trades and chocolate exchanges, knowing snacks and treats can seem like "forbidden fruit" to kids toting less sugar and salt.
I want to liven up their school lunches this year and entice them to eat better food choices by packing some surprises for them to discover. I figure the more fun I make their lunches, the more chance I have of getting my children to actually eat them.
Some of the ways I plan to make vitamin-rich lunches more appealing include: