What’s in Your Brown Bag?

1 Oct

Making a lunch seems to be a lost art in a lot of busy households.  Here are some ways to create a healthy lunch that is fun, creative and interactive!
Instead of a sandwich, let’s get “rollin’”…

  • Roll-Ups (use spinach, sun-dried tomato, or romaine heart to wrap)
  • Roast Beef and Cheese (fresh, raw cheese if possible – NOT PROCESSED)
  • Turkey and Avocado
  • Almond Butter and Orange Marmalade (not on lettuce)
  • B.E.A.T. Salad (Bacon, Egg, Avocado, Tomato)
  • Lettuce Logs (fill lettuce with grilled/stir-fried chicken, tofu, scallions and low-sodium Tamari)

Instead of a salad, get creative with your fruit and veggies!

Kebabs (fun and interactive)

  • Stoplight Peppers (Green, Yellow, and Red Peppers)
  • Very Merry Berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries)
  • Go Greek (Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Kalamatta Olives)
  • Ants on a log – Celery with nut butter or cream cheese topped with raisins
  • Yummy-Mummies (Wrap dates, figs, melon, apples, or pears with proscuitto, ham, or cooked bacon – aim to use pastured, nitrate free pork as often as possible!)

Instead of chips, let’s “crack” up!

  • Almond Crackers (recipe includes almond flour, olive oil, blend of spices – bake and roll out)
  • Pita Crackers (cut up fresh pita, brush with olive oil/walnut oil, bake)

Chip away – chip alternatives

  • Kale/Chard Chips (clean greens, brush with olive oil, bake)
  • Sweet Potato Chips (peeled, sliced thin, brushed with olive oil, seasoned salt, baked)

Instead of buying a mix, make it your own!
Trail Mix – include a blend of raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruit

  • Nuts and Bolts – Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries, Raisins, Apricots, etc.**Be sure to check to see if your school is nut-free because of allergies

Instead of a sugary treat, try some natural sweet!

  • Greek Yogurt w/Cinnamon and crushed almonds or walnuts
  • Applesauce w/Cinnamon and crushed almonds/walnuts or pecans
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes w/ Cinnamon
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