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Add Variety To Your Child's Lunch

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - Looking for a way to spice up your child's lunch? Here are some creative and healthy lunch combination ideas for kids of all ages.

Add variety to your child's lunch
Lunch #1 Grade 1-4

  • Chunks of cheese with whole-wheat crackers
  • Baby carrots with low-fat dip
  • Chocolate milk in a 250 ml Tetra Pak carton - frozen*
  • 2 apple juice in a 250 ml Tetra Pak carton - one chilled, one frozen

Lunch #2 Grade 4-8

  • 1 banana chocolate chip muffin
  • 1 - 175 g container raspberry yogurt
  • 2 orange juice in a 250 ml Tetra Pak carton - one chilled, one frozen
  • Chocolate milk in a 250 ml Tetra Pak carton - frozen

Lunch #3 Grades 9 - 12

  • 2 slices of roast beef rolled up in a whole-wheat tortilla with lettuce, bean sprouts, red pepper slices and mayonnaise
  • 1 baggie of GORP (mix of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips)
  • 2 apple juice in a 250 ml Tetra Pak carton - one chilled, one frozen
  • Pineapple juice in a 250 ml Tetra Pak carton - frozen
  • 1 low-fat chocolate pudding

* Packing frozen beverages in Tetra Pak cartons will help keep lunch safe and fresh through the morning and thaw for a refreshing afternoon treat.

Fast tips make packing school lunches a snap

(NC) - The end of summer means saying goodbye to the relaxing days spent at the beach or picnics in the park, and saying hello to the busy schedules of the school year. It also means for some parents the challenge of packing school lunches that are nutritious, safe and, most importantly, that kids will eat! Here are some easy tips that will make packing lunch a breeze.

"Cool" Lunch - Pack a cold source in the lunch bags, such as frozen Tetra Pak cartons, to help keep lunches cool until eaten. The drinks will thaw by lunchtime and provide kids with a cold, refreshing beverage. Tetra Pak cartons are kid-friendly and recyclable.

Plan Ahead - To save time in the morning, pack lunches the night before. Make a week's worth of sandwiches on Sunday and freeze them for weekday lunches.

Grab and go - For added convenience, buy ready-to-eat foods in individual-sized portions. Another option is to buy foods in bulk size and then separate them out into smaller portions in fun reusable containers for kids to take to school.

Involve the kids - To try and ensure kids eat their lunches, get them involved in the planning and packing. Kids are more likely to eat food that they choose.

Have fun - Go shopping with your child to pick out an insulated lunch box or container that he or she will enjoy carrying to school.

Snack time! - Kids need something quick and fun to keep them going between meals. Pack a banana and a chocolate pudding so that kids can dip the banana and enjoy a tasty and healthy "fondue".

Environmentally Friendly - Use packaging that is recyclable for lunches such as recyclable Tetra Pak drink boxes.

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