Lunchtime Makeovers

The Lunch Kit Kid

When your children see other kids eating those highly processed, prepackaged lunch kits, they may beg you to buy one. But since most are high in saturated fat and sodium and low in fiber and other nutrients, our advice is to avoid the temptation. You can make your own "lunch kit" by packing lots of finger foods in colorful containers.

Homemade Lunch Kit

Try lemon hummus (try our easy recipe below) with one or more of these dippers: whole wheat mini pita bread, sliced baby carrots, or bell pepper strips.

Lemon Hummus

  • 16-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Peanut butter with one or more of the following dippers: whole wheat pretzel sticks or crackers, sliced apples, celery sticks

Serve with any of the following:

  • Squeeze yogurt
  • Fruit cup, packed in its own juice
  • Applesauce
  • Skim-milk pudding cup
  • Low-fat string cheese

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