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Fresh Ideas for School Lunches

September 4, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian

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When I was a kid, lunch consisted of a ham sandwich, a peanut butter sandwich or if it was a Tuesday, fast food fried chicken and fries that my mom would drop off right before the bell. I loved Tuesdays.

At this time of year, everyone is looking for new ideas for packed lunches that kids won’t turn their nose up at (and then promptly chuck in the garbage) and will give them the nutrition they need to fuel them for the day. I know my mom struggled with this and often ended up defaulting to the less healthy options she knew my brothers and I would eat. In honour of my mom and as a shout out to all you caregivers out there working hard to put together lunches for your families, I’ve put together a list of ideas that are nutritious and tempting enough that you will want to take a bite before you pack them.

I’ve focused on “sandwiches,” or more accurately, fillings, that you could jam into any wrapper, so to speak.  A lot of the options call for cooked meat. Using leftovers is the easiest way to go. I really like to roast a chicken, say on Sunday and then I’ll have meat to use for a couple of days for lunches. Whatever I don’t plan to use within 2-3 days, I freeze. Store bought roasted chicken is another option - just take the skin off and you are ready to create.
 
Some of these may need a little bit of mayo to add moisture. I like to use just a smear or experiment with other options like hummus, avocado and different kinds of mustard, pesto and chutney. Here are a few school lunch ideas that your kids will love!!

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