Today I shared simple tips to build a healthy lunchbox on FOX Charlotte. Catch the segment at FOX46Charlotte.com!
Tip 1: Build energizing lunches by focusing on whole grains.
My first tip is to build energizing lunches around whole grains and sandwiches are an easy way to do that. I shared gluten-free breads, bagels, and English muffins by Canyon Bakehouse which come in stay-fresh packaging that’s sealed, and air-tight so it stays fresh for 90 days without refrigeration or freezing. Then you can get creative with different protein and produce-based fillings.
Tip 2: Build snacks with staying power by pairing protein and produce.
My next tip is to build snacks with staying power by pairing protein and produce. For produce – I shared convenient Sunsweet Fruit packs which come in 3 varieties – prune, date and apricot made with 100% real dried fruit, no added sugar or sweeteners. Pair these with protein like nuts, cheese or something like gluten free SimplyProtein crunchy bites and bars. They have 11 or more grams of protein, less than 3 grams of sugar and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.
Tip 3: Getting kids involved in preparing their own food can help encourage healthy eating habits.
My next tip is to get kids involved in preparing their own food which can help encourage healthier eating habits so I share my stuffed celery station! I shared celery snack packs by Dandy from Walmart and were actually developed to be sweeter, crispier and have fewer strings than so it’s great for kids. Pair with different toppings and stuffing options to encourage creativity.
Tip 4: Pack your kid’s favorite foods but with a healthy twist.
Finally, I brought an option for busy moms with picky eaters. These are the Grilled cheese sticks and “Toy Story 4” Breaded Mozzarella Shapes by Farm Rich which you can find in the freezer section of most major grocery stores. Cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, which is especially important for growing kids.