Healthy (but fun) school lunches

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Hy-Vee dietitian Courtney Kruse shares tips on how to pack healthy but fun school lunches.

Now that the school year is underway, many parents are thinking about how well their child is doing in school. Just as important is the nutrition their child is getting while at school. Many kids are bringing their own sack lunch, which leaves parents the task of packing a healthy lunch that meets the criteria of the USDA. Courtney Kruse, Hy-Vee dietitian, is here to share tips for packing a healthy sack lunch that will help fuel your kiddo`s young brain and body!

Tips for Packing a Healthy Sack Lunch:
· Offer a variety of foods in each of the 5 food groups (follow MyPlate). Emphasize fresh fruit, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein.
· Make it fun; switch it up! Provide a variety
of colors and textures.
· Encourage your child to be involved in packing their sack lunch (& grocery shopping).

Dietitian-Approved Lunchbox Ideas:

- ½ cup 'Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad'
- 6 Triscuit crackers
- ½ cup sugar snap peas
- 2-3 fruit & cheese kabobs

- 4 pieces Chicken & Spinach Quesadillas
- ¼ cup guacamole
- ½ cup colorful cauliflower
- ½ cup 'Rainbow Apple Slices'

- 6 'Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites' w/ pizza sauce (Courtney will share recipe)
- ¼ cup dry-roasted edamame
- 3 small banana-date kabobs
- 2 'Celery and Pepper Stop Lights' OR 2 'Bunnies on a Log'

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