Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tatsy Tuesday

Change of Pace today..... Since school is back in session i thought it would be fun for me to post some good lunch ideas your little ones can bring to school.. Check 'em out! Also, check out Danielle for another Tasty Tuesday!

Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supportinlifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent costly and potentially-disablingdiseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Snacks play a major and growing role in children’s diets.
Applesauce (Unsweetened), Fruit Cups, and Canned Fruit – These have a longshelf life and are low-cost, easy, and healthy if canned in juice or light syrup.Examples of unsweetened applesauce include Mott’s Natural Style and Mott’sHealthy Harvest line. Dole and Del Monte offer a variety of single-serve fruitbowls.
Dried Fruit - Try raisins, apricots, apples, cranberries, pineapple, papaya, andothers with little or no added sugars.
Frozen Fruit – Try freezing grapes or buy frozen blueberries, strawberries,
peaches, mangoes, and melon.
Fruit Leathers – Some brands of fruit snacks are more like candy than fruit,and should be avoided due to their high content of added sugars and lack offruit. Brands to avoid include Fruit Rollups, Farley’s Fruit Snacks, Sunkist FruitGems, Starburst Fruit Chews, Mamba Fruit Chews, Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews,Original Fruit Skittles, and Amazin’ Fruit Gummy Bears. Try Natural Value FruitLeathers and Stretch Island Fruit Leathers, which come in a variety of flavors
and don’t have added sugars.
Fruit Salad – Get kids to help make a fruit salad. Use a variety of colored fruitsto add to the appeal.

Dips – Try low-fat salad dressings, like fat-free Ranch or
Thousand Island, store-bought light dips, bean dips,
guacamole, hummus (which comes in dozens of flavors),
salsa, or peanut butter.
Salad – Make a salad or set out veggies like a salad bar and let the kids buildtheir own salads.
Soy - Edamame (pronounced “eh-dah-MAH-may”) are fun to eat and easy toserve. (Heat frozen edamame in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes).
Veggie Pockets – Cut whole wheat pitas in half and let kids add veggies withdressing or hummus.
Ants on a Log – Let kids spread peanut butter on celery (with a plastic knife)and add raisins.


Auburn Kat said...

Gosh! That sounds like a lot of work!

EP said...

Very nice. Not gonna lie: It kinda makes me want to pack a lunch because I know it would be SO much healthier if I did..

Also, I had a thermos in high school. It was incredible.

Tess said...

Hi! Thanks for the congrats on my grandbaby! These recipes look yummy! Happy belated birthday to Brian too-wonderful days for both of us!

Amanda. said...

These are some GREAT
ideas, Dana. Yay.
Thanks a bundle.

I'm going to want to
pack lunch every day...
and I don't even have
anywhere to go. Haha.