Back to school: Healthy lunches

August 26, 2013

We asked registered dietician Diane Henderiks for some ideas for quick, healthy, nutritious dinners that can be re-purposed for school lunches.

We begin with Taco Night.

"All the classic things are in a taco, and we have some lean ground beef, you can also use lean turkey or lean chicken," said Henderiks.

After dinner, pack ingredients into containers and into a lunch box.

"It works great, make sure you use a cold pack, keep everything cold, then rotisserie chicken, I love because there is no cooking involved, simple and easy to re-purpose into a million things," she says.

Paninis are a great example.

"That's on whole grain bread, reduced fat cheese, spinach and lean chicken," Hendericks says.

Next up is pasta: pasta salad.

"You take some aside at dinner time," says Hendericks, "turn it into cold pasta salad where you chop up your kids' favorite veggies."

She suggests packing a cup to a cup and a half for a school-aged child.

Lastly turkey meatloaf can easily be re-purposed into lunchtime sliders.

"Throw in some veggies on the side," says Hendericks.


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