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kids: brown bag lunch

Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 04:00AM

Brown Bag LunchMake your kids’ brown bag lunch a tasty adventure while adding nutritional value. (SHHHHH…They’ll never know.) Amp up the adventure with these healthful tips from NuVal® and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate:

  • Whole-grains – Swap white for whole-grain or 100% wheat bread. According to the Whole Grains Council, people who eat whole-grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Fruits and vegetables – With a NuVal score of 100, fruits and vegetables are portable and easy to pack with endless options. Pair carrots, cucumbers and grape tomatoes with yogurt dip, or smear apple chunks with almond butter or peanut butter.
  • Low-fat dairy products – Dairy products are rich with bone-building calcium and vitamin D. Include one serving of low-fat or no-fat dairy options in your kid’s lunch. Consider 1/2 cup of low-fat, low-sugar pudding; 1 cup yogurt; 2 slices of Swiss cheese or 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Low-sodium and less saturated fat – Swap salty, high-fat chips for popcorn or low-salt, multi-grain pretzel sticks.
  • Lean protein – Add 2 ounces of lean, roasted and low-salt beef, pork, chicken or turkey to your kid’s brown bag, or two ounces of raw or roasted seeds and nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, mixed nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds).
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