Ideas for healthy school lunches

Now that school is back in session, many parents are dealing with the age old issue: how do I make my child’s school lunch healthy and tasty?

Registered dietician Carolyn O’Neil says it’s easy if you follow this rule: include a whole grain, protein, fruit, vegetable and dairy.

There are more options to get those items these days. Everything from pita bites to bread to whole wheat crackers with peanut butter.

O’Neil says you can sneak in a great veggie with hummus or light salad dressing to go with the basic sandwich.

For fruit, she encourages parents not to beat themselves up over pre-packaged items. They are easy to use and maintain their nutritional value.

For older kids, or the younger ones willing to give it a try, pack a salad with cut fruit and veggies in it.

And don’t forget your hungry child after school.

O’Neil’s new cookbook includes a recipe for green pea hummus.  It’s healthy, and tasty, too.

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