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Old 09-12-2007, 12:57 PM   #1
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What to pack for a preschooler?

Does anyone have any healthy ideas on what to pack for a preschooler? Seems all the aisle have stuff that are either too sweet or too salty and I want something for my little one that's healthy and good to eat. Thanks!

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Old 09-12-2007, 02:23 PM   #2
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apple slices with peanut butter
eggo waffles with cinnamon sugar
celery stuffed with cream cheese
Ham or turkey slice wrapped about cheese slice
rice cakes with jam
trail mix made with cereal, nuts and raisins
crackers spread with cream cheese and jelly
pita and hummus
tortilla chips with salsa
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:29 PM   #3
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There was an article on kids' lunches in my local newspaper recently with some interesting ideas: ARTICLE: Are your kids fed up with their lunches? ( - HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com)

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:41 PM   #4
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I copied and pasted this from an article online awhile back.

5 Steps for a Perfectly Healthy Lunchbox:

1. Start with a PROTEIN Entrée. Make sure your selection provides at least eight grams of high quality protein -- protein can help stabilize your child's blood sugar level and keep them feeling fuller for longer periods of time. The following are some popular kid-friendly ideas:
  • Turkey roll ups
  • Ham and cheese pinwheels (lean ham and low-fat sliced cheese rolled in whole wheat tortillas)
  • Part skim string cheese
  • Low-fat or non-fat yogurt with a small bag of whole grain cereal
  • Soy nuggets
  • Vegetable bean or chicken noodle soup in a thermos
  • Turkey or ham sandwich (on wheat bread with mustard or low-fat mayo)
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (use low-sugar jam and whole wheat bread)
  • Grilled chicken and vegetable wrap
  • Pasta salad with vegetables and shredded chicken (tossed in light Italian dressing)
  • Scoop of chicken salad made with low-fat mayo plus whole grain crackers or mini rice cakes
  • Turkey or bean chili in a thermos
2. Always include PRODUCE. When it comes to veggies, anything goes! The most popular kid-friendly raw varieties include baby carrots, celery, pepper sticks (especially red), cherry tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers. Favorite cooked veggies include sugar snap peas, string beans, broccoli, and corn on the cob. For fruit, toss in easy-to-pack, hand-held selections such as apples, bananas, peaches, plums, clementines, or grapes that are naturally low in fat and chock-full of nutrients and fiber.

3. Avoid CALORIC BEVERAGES. Don't let your kids drink their calories -- instead, save them for food. Pack appealing bottles of plain old water... Consider freezing their bottles the night before, so that they are still cold and refreshing by lunchtime.

4. Don't forget the FUN FOOD. If your child craves a sweet or salty treat -- throw one in. As long as snacks are portion appropriate and no more than 150 calories, anything can work (really). In fact, provide a variety of options and let your child select his or her daily fun food. Of course, shop for brands that avoid trans fat and high fructose corn syrup when you can. Try low-fat granola bars, 100-calorie packs, baked chips, soy crisps, 2 cookies, 4 Hershey Kisses, a Rice Krispie Treat, container of low-fat pudding, or even a fun-size chocolate bar.

5. Be CREATIVE.Put a smile on your child's face with a note from mom or dad, a temporary tattoo, or a fun riddle to figure out.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:01 PM   #5
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That's a great guide, Ironchef.

I don't know if you get Sara Lee products up there, Lady, but they have come out with a whole grain white bread, which is great for picky kids and husbands who don't like brown bread.

You can make peanut butter sandwiches with sliced apples, bananas, or honey in place of the jelly. My kids also liked cheese sandwiches with mayonnaise.
They'll eat the vegies better if you include a small container of Ranch Dip.
You also might try stuffing celery sticks with peanut butter or soft cheese.

Speaking of cheese, you can make your own cheese/pimento spread, by mixing grated cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and a jar of pimentoes, juice and all. It may be a little fattening, but it's better for them than lunchmeat.

They are growing children, after all.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:20 PM   #6
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I'm thinking ...half a cheese sammich and 4 Oreos would go over real good!
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:29 PM   #7
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:58 PM   #8
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all excellent ideas. As a kid I always liked a thermous of soup especially in winter and stuff to put together my own sandwiches so they woudl not get soggy. Some soups were already mentioned but tomato is often a favorite, and I was crazy for clam chowder (any kind). So what does he/she like and adapt from all these suggestions.
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Several years ago I was the chef at a private posh posh school, K-12. There were only about 300 students total, but a couple of them had peanut allergies. As a result, I couldn't cook with peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, or any other nut, for that matter. Some people even suggested that I never get burger buns with sesame seeds!

Personally, I thought my responsibilities were to all the students, not just two with allergies. I believed if the two were identified, it would be possible for me to include peanut, a healthy protein alternative, as a menu ingredient for the rest of the student body. I encouraged the students to see me regarding ingredients in something they may have desired to eat. The client didn't see it that way. In addition, it was strongly urged that children not bring PBJ sandwiches from home, either. That was crossing a line, as far as I was concerned.

My point.....make sure it's not on the blacklist before sending peanut butter to school with your kid.
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I'm still trying to figure out my kid's school policy on snacks. What the school sent us in a letter is to send a "healthy snack like a small fruit, few crackers, or fruit snack" no cookies or chips and no peanut or peanut products. It also says not to send in any juice or drinks with the snack, they have a water fountain.

Verbally, we're hearing don't send in anything with sugar in the top two ingredients. Also, I've overheard a conversation between a teacher and a parent where the parent sent in a home made snack. The teacher wouldn't allow the child to eat it because it didn't have an ingredient label.

These rules are new this year in NJ, apparently state mandated. My kids like fruits and veggies for snacks but occasionally I like to treat them with some home made cookies in their lunch boxes. But now some pointy headed legislator is telling me I can't do that. It's a good ting the U.S. is a free country

People have been eating for thousands of years, how did we get to the point where we need government to tell us how to do it correctly

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