Contributed by: NAPSA
(NAPSA) - Whether planning for a sit-down meal in the school cafeteria or a lunch-on-the-go, packing a child's lunch can take about as much preparation as the shuttle launch.
And though classic favorites are a must for parents, the key ingredient for kids is recognizing that basics don't have to be boring -and parents should be realistic about what children will and will not eat. Try to spice things up with a little creativity and the help of Tupperware products. Following are some stress-free lunch-packing tips guaranteed to fill kids with tasty anticipation for the mid-day meal:
Count the Benefits
Lunch is an important time for kids to refuel after a busy morning filled with classes, recess and socializing in the hallways. That's why good nutrition is essential for this mid-day meal.
Experts recommend using at least three different types of food from the five food groups (dairy, fruits, vegetables, protein and bread and grains), to ensure kids will have the opportunity to rest their minds and recharge for a productive afternoon.
Make it Quick and Easy
For kids, packaging lunch is almost more important than the food inside. Add a little kid-pleasing pizzazz to school lunches by thinking beyond the brown bag and finding more creative storage solutions. Tupperware's Lunch’n Things Container, features four divided compartments. This slim on-the-go container in Ocean Blue with Sheer Ice cover accomodates a variety of lunch favorites. Both Tupperware Midgets and Smidget® Containers fit neatly inside, enabling you to bring along condiments or dressings. Ideal for slipping into backpacks or briefcases, the Lunch'n Things Container also makes a great all-purpose container for crafts, sewing tools... even fishing tackle!
Keep it Fresh
To preserve freshness and keep food (that would normally be refrigerated) cool, pack lunch in an insulated container with ice packs or frozen juice boxes.
Involve kids in the lunch-packing process by having them craft a grocery list of their favorite foods. Then use your imagination, by adding a few inventive snacks, the latest in juice boxes and his/her favorite sandwich.
With careful planning and a personal touch, parents can prepare a simple, fun and healthy mid-day meal in a container that will survive the wear and tear of the school year.
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