School has started, and I’m packing lunches for my preschooler for the first time. I’m always looking for ways to make these lunches healthier so I was thrilled to find these tips from Whole Foods:
1. Substitute avocado or hummus for mayo – avocado serves as a healthy fat source plus provides a creamy spread for sandwiches.
2. Pep up your plain old Peanut Butter and Jelly with almond butter and fresh fruit slices – fresh fruit means natural sugars.
3. Always use whole grain breads or tortillas – wraps are a fun change of pace especially when they are packed with veggies.
4. Savor seasonal flavors – pack a piece of fruit or cut vegetables for a crunchy snack.
5. Swap processed chips and snacks for healthier homemade options – trail mix with dried fruits and nuts or whole grain chips and hummus make the grade.
Since we’re on the subject of lunch, I also wanted to mention that this month the Do Something Reel Film Festival is featuring Lunch Line, a documentary about the national school lunch program. The film follows six school age children from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to make school lunches better. Their efforts are recognized and they end up at the White House.
Lunch Line is available on iTunes and other platforms for $3.99 — you can visit dosomethingreel.com for more information about the film and the digital festival.
Here’s a 2 minute preview of the documentary:
Lunch Line // Trailer from uji films on Vimeo.