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It’s a headache for some, and fun for others, butpacking lunches is an un avoidable part of the newschool year. For the next 200 school days, your children will need to ll their lunch boxes with foodsthat give them the energy to learn, run, and havefun all day.Variety is an important factor in stimulating theappetites and interest of children. Colorful meals,different foods, and fun packaging can make allthe difference. Advance planning is essential inorder to avoid repeating the same formula over and over again in the rush to get out of the houseevery morning.Select a variety of breads at the grocery storeor the bakery. Pitas, ciabatta, and colored tortillascan add a touch of variety. Choose different llingsfrom one day to the next. Cold cuts, cheeses, andvegetables and sauces (mayonnaise, mustard,yogurt) can result in an innite number of pos-sibilities. Children will ap preciate this variety aslong as the nal result is appetizing. And for mornings when you’re in more of a rushthan usual, why not offer them nger foods, suchas cubes of meat and cheese, vegetable sticks,crackers, and some fruit? Children love being ableto choose what to eat and this way they’ll have lotsof choice.Lastly, if microwave ovens are available tothem at school, offer your children soups or sup-per leftovers. In fact, when cooking your eveningmeals, prepare a little extra just for the lunch boxesthe next day.
The key to interesting and appetizing lunches ismore variety.
What’s in my lunch box today, Mom?
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