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Pack an Easter Egg Hunt in a Lunch Box for Kids

Kids are no different than adults, and it doesn’t take much for their lunch to become pretty same-ole-same-ole. Another Tuesday, another turkey sandwich. We’ll admit, making 365 lunches every year can be pretty monotonous for the preparer and the eater, so take inspiration where you can.

This week, surprise your little love bunnies with a lunch hidden inside plastic Easter eggs. It’s kind of a fun spin on a Bento-style lunch, and will no doubt make them feel very special when they see what’s inside!

This lunch idea works well to get them excited about the Easter holiday on Sunday, or to make the fun last a little longer in lunches packed following the holiday weekend.

Start by getting about a dozen plastic Easter eggs. We used a smaller size, but any will work. While you certainly don’t have to, filling their lunch pail with Easter grass makes it a lot more festive and obviously makes a safe nest for all of the eggs.

Then, organize the foods you want to put inside each egg. Keep size in mind; for instance a cheese stick won’t fit but chopping it in to bite-sized pieces will. You’re not too limited in what you can put inside; although, chicken soup and applesauce probably aren’t going to work! We made a pretty filling lunch with foods we already had: grapes, strawberries, peas, cheese, grilled chicken, olives, and sweet peppers.
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GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Meals are a Healthy Alternative to Prepackaged Lunches

There’s so much to love when it comes to GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Meals! Kids love them, parents love to serve them, parents love to eat them, they are healthy, and many are even gluten free.

These little boxes are a perfect replacement for the unhealthy cheese, meat and cracker meals found in the deli section. They are portable and fun, but they are loaded with good for you options. GoPicnic meals come in a variety of flavors such as salami and cheese, turkey stick and crunch, turkey pepperoni and cheese, sunbutter and crackers, hummus and crackers, salmon and crackers, tuna and cracker, and peanut butter and crackers.

Each box is nutritionally balanced with protein, fiber, and fruit. All products, even the dark chocolate found in some varieties, is made from whole ingredients. GoPicnic defines that by meaning no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, no added monosodium glutamate, and no artificial flavors or colors.

The meals are shelf stable but not because they use preservatives. GoPicnic uses high performance packaging methods that may cost more but ensure their products stay fresh without compromising the health factor.

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Celebrate National Panini Month with Five Healthy Sandwich Tips

August is National Panini Month and with temperatures too hot for the oven in most parts of the country, there is no better time to whip up a healthy version of your favorite pressed sandwich.

Though there are a number of ways to make a healthy panini, Chef Tiffany Collins offers some tips about how to take ordinary ingredients, combine them in inventive ways and easily grill them on a panini press for a delicious, crunchy sandwich that won’t derail your diet.

Pick whole-grain breads to make your panini healthy and satisfying. When you’re choosing bread for your sandwich, opt for bread that is rich in fiber. Some wheat breads are not actually made with whole grains, so read labels carefully before you purchase. If the first words on the ingredient list are not “whole grain” or “whole wheat,” it is not really a whole grain.


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Guilt-Free Packaged Foods for School Lunches

Packing lunches, day after day, can quickly become tedious. After all, there are only so many different ways you can pack a sandwich and even if your child is devoted to the traditional PB&J, banana and milk combo like one of my children, you may decide that you want to switch things up a bit.

Maybe you need to pack lunches in a hurry. You need some packaged foods to toss in the lunch bag, and you want foods that are yummy AND good for your child. Look for foods that are low in sugar, all natural, with no high fructose corn syrup and no chemical additives. It’s a tall order, to be sure, but here are a few of our favorite lunch box choices that meet our tough criteria.

Whole Grain Goldfish – Every kid loves to snack, and these childhood favorites have worked hard to make themselves a healthier choice.  With 140 calories for about 55 goldfish – a perfect serving size to go with your child’s lunch – 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber, these whole grain, tasty cheese crackers are both fun and a good dietary choice.


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An Olive a Day: 5 Ways to Eat Olives

Jen Fuchs is a member of the Lindsay Olives marketing team. She is based out of Lafayette, California. To learn more about Lindsay Olives and recipe ideas, visit www.lindsayolives.com/recipes.

As summer approaches, many of us switch from savory cooking to quick, cool meals. Here at Lindsay Olives, we support the philosophy of eating olives every day. These flavorful little fruits meet many dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy free. They also contain no cholesterol. Try adding olives to your summer fare for a satisfying burst of flavor and an easy answer to snack and meal options throughout the day.

Need a few suggestions? Here are five ways to add olives into your summer diet in a day.

Breakfast

Olives for breakfast? Why not? Try adding a serving of medium black ripe olives to a veggie omelet. Egg whites, olives, asparagus and summery fresh tomatoes topped with a bit of feta cheese will make your first meal of the day a tasty one. Full of veggies, this meal will feel light and fresh.


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