Healthy back-to-school lunches: Recipes & foods to consider this school year

MILWAUKEE -- A new school year means all those after-school activities, practices, homework -- and of course packing lunches. Marible Alchin, a personal chef and Meijer Dietitian and healthy living advisor, join FOX6 WakeUp to give us tips on making lunches. Click here for more information.

To make sure your child’s lunch offers both variety and health consider using the MyPlate guidelines.

 The USDA’s Choose MyPlate guidelines emphasize balancing fruit, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy and it can easily be utilized for packing a school lunch.

Foods to include:

    There are plenty of options to fulfill the Choose MyPlate guidelines when packing a lunch. In fact, many are children’s favorites and feature a variety of unique flavors.

    Here are a few examples:

    Fruit: Fresh, canned in juice (water), dried, 100% juice, or frozen (to thaw by lunch time and keep lunch boxes chilled). Apples, pears, plums, oranges, kiwifruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple, unsweetened applesauce, bananas

    Vegetables: Carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini strips, grape/cherry tomatoes, lettuce for sandwiches or salads, soup in a thermos made with extra vegetables

    Meat and protein foods: lunch meats, leftover meats/poultry/fish from dinner, tuna, peanut butter, hummus, cheese, soy products such as tofu or veggie burgers

    Whole Grains: whole wheat breads, pitas, tortillas, wraps, whole grain English muffins for sandwiches and other whole grains including whole wheat pasta, rice, cereals, crackers and tortilla chips

    Low-fat dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, pudding made with fat free milk, alternative milk for milk allergies (almond milk, soymilk)

    Keeping lunch nutritious doesn’t have to be difficult. Just ask your child to be involved in the planning and even the preparation of their school lunch to make sure they’re eating nutritious foods they’ll really enjoy.

    Our easy lunches are quick to pack, and offer healthier options with our True Goodness™ by Meijer™ products.  Try our tasty ideas and your son or daughter won’t be willing to trade!

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