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Back-to-School Lunch-Box Tips

Being a parent often requires a non-stop juggling routine. In the rush to get your children to school, it’s important to remember the value of preparing a healthy lunch for them. (Kids can learn by helping to prepare, and then eventually preparing, their own lunches.) Just follow these easy tips:

  • Switch white bread for whole grain: You can also substitute whole-wheat tortillas and whole-wheat pita. Fill with proteins such as turkey slices and low-fat cheese. If your child prefers warm food in a thermos, fill it with brown rice, whole-grain pasta or even oatmeal.
  • Pack a rainbow: Choose green and purple grapes or colorful berries, dried apricots and mangos. Cut red and orange peppers into strips and pack them with a fun dipping sauce such as hummus or yogurt. Pack oranges already peeled and sliced.
  • Water, water, water: Juice adds a lot of unnecessary sugar and calories to your child’s diet. Pack a bottle of water instead. Not only does drinking water help eliminate extra sugar from their diet, but it also keeps children from getting dehydrated throughout the day. Low-fat milk is also a good idea.
  • Think about temperature: Keep hot foods warm by sending them in a thermos. Keep cold items cool by using ice packs. You can also use a refillable water bottle filled with ice cubes to keep things fresh, and it will provide drinking water at the same time.


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