I was a guest on Let’s Talk Live, News Channel 8 a few weeks ago, and we talked about Healthy Kids Lunches. From going GREEN with your lunchbox choice, to pleasing the Peanut Free or Gluten Free kid, and how kids can be organic and still cool these days.. The good news is there are lots of cool, cute packaged products to please the healthy kids. In my preparation for the segment, I visited a few places..
The lunch box aisles at Target and Whole Foods looked like a bomb went off .
The Mom’s have been there, in a frantic effort to ready their kids for the new school year ahead. Hopefully they are thinking about healthy lunches to pack inside those new boxes.
Michelle Obama’s new initiative, “Let’s Move!” has shined a light on the obesity epidemic in America. With up to 30% of all kids in America obese, and a 98% increase in obesity in kids age 9-11 since 1960, we have a big problem on our hands.
Let’s Move! and our First Lady call for some basic nutritional measures.
Reduce Fat, Sugar, and Salt, and increase Whole Grains, while DOUBLING the amount of Produce- Fruits and Vegetables.
While simple, these guidelines are what it’s all about. Here are some healthy, easy choices to help this School Year.
Our choice for Lunchbox this year is from Lunchopolis.
We want to add in grains and fiber and veggies where we can with a sandwich or soup.
Sandwich- I really like Almond Butter for a healthy choice and Organic Jam. The bread I chose is Udi’s, a delicious gluten free option. Another great choice is a wrap from Ezekial bread with some Organic Turkey, lettuce and tomatoes.
Soup- I love using a thermos and encourage my clients to pack healthy leftovers from the night before. Think Whole Grain Pasta with tomato sauce or a Veggie Stew. In a pinch?
–Pacific brand organic Tomato Soup is yummy and comes in a small box container, not a can!
Here are a couple of really cool ways to add more Whole Grains into your kids diet.
1) FROOSE. This is a drink that is made with whole grain brown rice. And it’s really tasty. My son loved this!
(am guessing pronounced like “JUICE”) I love it too, it’s organic.
2) Z BAR by Clif Kid is yummy, with rolled oats and dates.
3) Organic Food Bar KIDS made by a Raw food company
OOOTMEAL, and OOHMEGA are the flavors.
4) Envirokidz Crispy Rice Bar. Made with organic rice.
5) The stand-by, Popcorn.. Make your own popcorn or Whole Foods has a 365 organic brand.
Adding in vegetables can be as easy as baby tomatoes or carrots with a little container of ranch dip.. But sometimes we don’t have fresh veggies, and sometimes my busy Moms need to grab something out of the fridge.. So here’s an easy “grab” .
1) Sponge Bob Edamame packages- these are individual packages and there’s our favorite character. Kids love it. Edamame is high in fiber and protein, so gives kids sustainable energy.
An apple may be ideal, but too many apples have come home at the end of the day. This is what I do, and I have done this every day for almost 3 years. I cut the apple into bit size pieces and I sprinkle with cinnamon.. When lunch comes around the kids don’t see the apple browning because of the cinnamon, and it tastes like little bites of apple pie. Seriously. If you don’t have apples on hand or you are in a rush, here are several healthy fruit choices that do NOT have added sugar, they are 100% organic fruit!
3) Funky Monkey crunchy fruit, freeze dried, raw, gluten free, vegan
4) Gallop a Loozas dried fruits. These are all fun ways to get your fruits and skip the High fructose corn syrup processed fruit rolls.
5) Lara Bars– fruits and nuts, fave flavor Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Make sure your kid’s water bottle is BPA free. Take a look a the bottom of your plastic bottles, and avoid numbers 2, 4, 5 as they can leach toxins into your drink or your food. AND its always best to not heat in plastic.
My favorite drink for kids is coconut water. Its ultra hydrating, and gaining popularity among sports teams.. It’s been the secret of the Brazilian soccer team for years. Someone just told me the Orlando Magic have switched to coconut water.. Straight up!! I love this for parents too. This is a great addition to a smoothie, and low in calories by the way.
1)Vita Coco coconut water
All kids need a lollipop now and then. Here’s a great organic version, which is really delicious:
1)YUMMY EARTH brand with ingredients like organic carrots, apple, and pumpkin, what could be bad?