In my home, we are big on nutrition. I try to make sure my family is eating a healthy, balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients, and low in sugar, salt, fat and artificials. We go with homemade as often as possible, and always try to buy in season fruits and veggies from local orchards and farms that are pesticide free. So once in awhile I will be posting recipes for natural products/food that we enjoy in my home; hopefully you will find them helpful in yours as well.
Today, I wanted to spotlight the lunchbox. I know for some parents, it is a struggle to fill a lunchbox with food that is nutritious and something your kids will eat. :) More and more, schools are putting restrictions on foods that can be brought into the building. (My girls' old school did not allow peanut products at all. There were children with airborne allergies that would go into anaphylactic shock if they even SMELLED peanuts.)
A well balanced lunch should have a grain, (preferably whole wheat or whole grain), fruit and/or vegetable, dairy or dairy substitute, protein, and as little sugar as possible. If you are aware of how much sugar is in food nowadays, you know that last part is not so easy. (Did you know that a serving size of Welch's Grape Jelly has more sugar in it than a serving size of Coco Puffs Brownie Crunch Cereal? Betcha didn't. Those of you that make your own jelly probably aren't surprised though.)
I thought I would start a new portion of my blog, called "Tuesday's Lunchbox" where I will share with you all what is in my kids' lunchbox for the day. Maybe I will be able to give you ideas on how to spice up the ordinary brown bag lunch a bit. I also hope you will share with us what your kids are eating, I for one am always looking for more ideas. :)
The Princess's lunch today: