Keeping lunch ideas inventive and exciting can become challenging over time. Whether you’re packing lunch for the kids or looking for ways to boost the grownup lunches in your family, these ideas, such as getting a customized lunchbox; collaborating on the menu; packing tasty treats that combine snacktime favorites, like cups of fruit; adding personalized messages to lunchboxes; and packing balanced meals will help pull you out of your lunchtime rut.
5 Tips for Building a Better Lunch
(Family Features) Keeping lunch ideas inventive and exciting can become challenging over time. Lunchbox envy may start in grade school, but when you open yet another uninspired sack lunch, you may find yourself wishing you could trade with a friend or co-worker, if only for the change of pace.
Whether you’re packing lunch for the kids or looking for ways to boost the grownup lunches in your family, these ideas will help pull you out of your lunchtime rut.
Customized carrier: Get a customized lunch box that will make you and your kids excited about lunch. Add a monogram, showcase a favorite color or pick a favorite character or hobby to personalize your pack. Features like bento boxes and cooler compartments add a practical touch to the fun.
Menu collaboration: Talk to your kids about what they want to eat and come up with menus together. Involving them in the process helps them feel empowered and may give you some ideas to liven up your own routine.
Tasty treats: Kids and adults alike can appreciate new ways to enjoy their favorite flavors. For example, Dole Mixations are a one-of-a-kind fruit fusion that’s a simple and delicious twist on two snack time favorites: applesauce cups and cups of fruit. Available in four satisfying varieties, each serving includes a combination of smooth fruit sauce with juicy chunks of real fruit that kids and adults of all ages will love.
Words of encouragement: Whether you’re packing a lunch for your little loves or your big one, include a note or message that’s sure to bring a smile at lunch. Look for fun, inventive packaging features that you can customize with personal messages for a fun lunch-time surprise. You can also add a pen to your youngsters’ lunch boxes and encourage them to express their own creativity on the lid before they dive into the delicious fruit fusion.
Pack a punch: Balance basics like sandwiches with fruit and crunchy veggies to ensure the meal has a healthy, fulfilling variety to keep energy up throughout the day. An option such as Dole Mixations is an enjoyable mix to brighten any meal. They contain non-GMO fruit, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors. Plus, they are naturally gluten free and rich in vitamin C.
Find more ideas to wipe out lunchtime boredom at dolesunshine.com.
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Tartines are trendy, tasty sandwiches, which can also double as appetizers, that you can customize using your favorite ingredients. To get started, try this easy Beet, Shrimp and Avocado Tartine recipe.
Try a Tartine
(Family Features) Tartines are trending in restaurants nationwide, but technically you’ve probably been eating them for years. Originating in France, a tartine is simply a slice of buttered bread, topped with jam or preserves.
Tartine toppings have become more imaginative these days, running the gamut from melted Gruyere cheese and prosciutto to ricotta and fresh fruit, even a sunny-side-up egg with a sprinkle of Parmesan and chives. That’s the fun of these trendy, tasty sandwiches, which can also double as appetizers: you can customize them however you like, using your favorite ingredients.
To get started, try this easy Beet, Shrimp and Avocado Tartine recipe. It is a perfect lunch for one with no cooking involved except for the toaster. Creamy garlic-avocado mash is spread on rustic whole grain toasts then topped with sweet, tangy beets and cooked shrimp. Voila. It’s on the table in about 10 minutes. Individual serving cups of Aunt Nellie’s Diced Pickled Beets are ready to use and one cup provides just the right amount of beets for the recipe. No peeling, chopping or measuring required.
These sandwiches are colorful and appetizing on the plate and satisfying to eat. For additional recipes and serving ideas for Aunt Nellie’s single-serve beets and other jarred vegetables, visit AuntNellies.com.
Beet, Shrimp and Avocado Tartine
Notes, Tips & Suggestions
(BPT) - While 2016 is the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese calendar, in the world of food and nutrition, it’s the Year of the Egg.
The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides key recommendations for healthy eating patterns for the consumption of a variety of protein foods in nutrient-dense forms, like eggs. For eggs to be considered a nutrient-dense protein, eating the yolk is a must because the yolk is where key nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids are found.
What’s more, the new Dietary Guidelines no longer limit the consumption of dietary cholesterol which was a nutrient of concern in the past. Instead, the Guidelines recommend limiting the intake of saturated fats and trans fats.
“For years, many Americans were led to think that whole eggs should be limited or even cut out of their diets to avoid high cholesterol,” says Registered Dietitian Lyssie Lakatos. “These new recommendations show that eggs truly are a great source of protein and are filled with important nutrients we need. I’ve always recommended Eggland’s Best eggs since they are packed with three times more vitamin B12, five times more vitamin D, 10 times more vitamin E and double the omega-3 fatty acids, when compared to ordinary eggs, thanks to their proprietary hen feed.”
Below, Lakatos gives tips on how to incorporate eggs into a healthy meal plan any time of day.
* Breakfast: There isn’t a more classic breakfast food than the egg. Whether you like your eggs scrambled, poached or over-easy, they can be great all by themselves or paired with a bowl of fruit or whole grain toast. When pairing your eggs with other breakfast items, be mindful of foods high in saturated fat. Lakatos chooses Eggland’s Best eggs which contain 25 percent less saturated fat than ordinary eggs.
* Snacks: Although eggs are a great breakfast food, we often forget they can also be the perfect snack. Lakatos keeps EB Hard Cooked Peeled Eggs in her refrigerator for a post-workout snack because they are rich in vitamins necessary for optimal muscle recovery such as B vitamins, vitamin D and vitamin E.
* Lunch and dinner: Whether it’s meatless Monday or you’re just looking to incorporate more eggs into your diet, there are plenty of ways to include eggs in your lunch and dinner. Lakatos loves mixing Eggland’s Best eggs into a great stir fry for dinner and using leftovers for lunch the next day.
For more information and recipes using Eggland’s Best eggs, such as a No-Fuss Stir Fry, visit www.egglandsbest.com.
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