LUNCHBOX LESSON 3: LOAD UP WITH FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Some of you may have been back to school for weeks, but for many schools started this week. It’s a perfect time to carry on with Lunchbox Lessons. We are focusing on fruit and veggies this week. I don’t know about you, but this is a touchy subject in my family. I can put fruits and veggies in my son’s lunchbox everyday, but they always come home. It’s frustrating! My daughter eats them up. The picky eating struggle is real for many families. I can get my son to eat fruits and vegetables at home. Why can’t he eat them at school?!!! I need help with coming up with ideas for the picky eater in my family. Don’t worry! I enlisted the help of some of my nutrition expert friends to help us out. I am providing easy recipes and ideas to get creative with your child’s lunchbox and take some of the frustration out of packing lunch. It inspired me, so I know you will love it!
Grab N’ Go Supermarket RD Picks
These are recommendations by retail dietitians. They are your aisle experts, who are up to date on all new products. They keep an eye out for healthier products to make life easier for the consumer.
Lauren Lindsley, RDN, CD, Dietitian Manager at Skogen’s Festival Foods in Green Bay, Wisconsin, recommends putting Dole Single Serving Frozen Blueberries in your cart.
“Festival’s dietitians really love Dole® Single Serve Frozen Blueberries. Ideal for lunchboxes, Dole® Single Serve Frozen Blueberries make it easy to get a nutritious serving of fruit for busy families on the go. Washed and ready to eat, Dole frozen blueberries are packed with antioxidants, manganese and vitamin K and fiber. Since they come frozen, by lunch time, they will be perfectly thawed for kids to eat. These single serve blueberries are also great as a dessert or after-school snack.”
Julie Harrington, Supermarket Dietitian and blogger at RDelicious Kitchen, recommends Crispy Green’s Crispy Fruit for lunchboxes. “Crispy Green are a freeze-dried fruit that contain only one ingredient, fruit! They are different then dried fruit, which often leads to overly crunchy or chewy texture. Their freeze-dry process removes the water from the fruit, leaving behind the fruit’s true essence in a light and crispy texture. They are great to bring to school, since they are allergen friendly, being peanut and tree nut free and gluten free, while additionally being free of additives and preservatives, fat free, cholesterol free, non-gmo project verified, and kosher certified.”
Find out what other products Julie recommends in her Supermarket RD Picks or tweet her @RD_Kitchen.
Alyson Fendrick, RD, LD, CPT, Corporate Dietitian for HAC Retail in Oklahoma, recommends fresh, convenient fruits and veggies for little hands.
“For fruits and veggies I love all of the new fresh convenient items such as Cuties, Sunburst snacking tomatoes, and the Mighty Mini Sweet Peppers. All are perfect sizes for kids!”
Karen Buch, Former Weis Dietitian and now founder and Principal Consultant at Nutrition Connections LLC, loves putting sliced apples in her child’s lunchbox. Karen’s smart hack for browning apples is genius! She uses Domino’s Sugar ‘N Cinnamon Shakers.
Recipes to Get Kids Your Kids Eating More Fruits and Veggies
Ideas are great, but getting your kids to actually eat those healthy foods can be quite another task. Here is a great round up of lunchbox ideas that will get your kids eating up those sometimes ignored fruits and vegetables.
4. Rainbow Veggie Dip by Meal Makeover Moms
I mean how cute is this veggie skeleton! Such a great way to teach kids about healthy foods and their bodies!
How fun is this for your kids to help you pack! They would be the talk of the table!
9. Smoked Paprika Hummus by Holley Grainger
Seriously, who won’t love this pink, fluffy dip in their lunchbox?!
12. Naturally Vegan Gluten Free Hummus by Shaw’s Simple Swaps
13. Roasted Tomato Pizza Butter by Jessica at Smart Nutrition
This is such a neat idea to add to your kid’s sandwich. I love out of the “lunchbox” thinking, like this!
How do you get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies?
In case you missed the other Lunchbox Lessons, find them here: