Q: What are some ideas for healthy but appetizing school lunches?
A: Next time you head to the supermarket, start by asking your child what he wants for lunch, and compromise a smidgen as long as the majority of it is healthy. If he needs some ideas, try these:
Mexican Monday: Baked whole-grain tortilla chips, fresh salsa, reduced-fat cheddar cheese wedges, an orange and low-fat milk.
Thanksgiving Tuesday: Leftover roasted turkey breast (make one for Sunday dinner) with cranberry sauce, light mayonnaise and lettuce on a whole-wheat roll; dried cranberries and low-fat milk.
Roll-Up Wednesday: Roast beef, light cheddar cheese, light mayonnaise, and lettuce in a whole-wheat wrap; carrots with light Italian dressing; grapes and low-fat milk.
B.O.B. (Big on Bagels) Thursday: Whole-grain bagel with light cream cheese; mozzarella sticks; red peppers with light ranch dressing; apple and low-fat milk.
—Joan Salge Blake, Sharecare.com expert, Registered Dietitian and author, Nutrition & You
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