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Volume III
August 30, 2013

Weekly Home / Cook'n & Eat'n


Liven Up Lunch!

What can I do to liven up my child’s (and spouses) Lunch?

  • Choose fruits that are easy to eat and not messy. Be sure to peel fruits that need it, and cut them into finger-size pieces for younger children.
  • Write a riddle on the peel of a banana or orange or draw a cartoon picture with words of endearment or encouragement to brighten up the day.
  • Vary the bread offerings from plain sliced bread to raisin bread, pita pockets, dinner rolls, flour tortillas, or mini-bagels.
  • Rice cakes are a fun addition. Pack tuna salad, peanut butter or cheese spread in a separate container to be spooned on at lunchtime so the cakes don't get soggy.
  • If your child/spouse likes cold pizza, send it along for lunch! Pizza is actually not a bad choice.
  • A thermos of hot soup is perfect for cold days, along with crackers.
  • Cut sandwiches into diamonds, triangles, rectangles, or other fun shapes. Kids and spouses seem to think they taste better this way!
  • Make your own trail mix at home using their favorite cereal, raisins, nuts, and mini-pretzels. Toss in a few fruit gummies or M&M’s (my favorite) as a surprise.
  • Send along naturally-sweetened fruit cocktail in a container to mix with yogurt.
  • Mix cream cheese with raisins and a dash of honey to spread on graham crackers.
  • It doesn't have to be a sandwich. Pack string cheese and ham sticks with a honey mustard sauce for dipping.
  • Mix shredded carrots with raisins, unflavored yogurt and a bit of honey for a crunchy salad.
  • Make fruit kabobs of cubes of favorite fruits using thin strips of celery for skewers.
  • An old favorite is Ants on a Log. Fill celery sticks with cream cheese, sprinkle with grated carrot, and push in raisins for ants.
  • Bean dip and baked tortilla chips make a fun side.
  • Cut veggies into fingerfood-size, and accompany with seasoned cream cheese for dipping.
  • Popcorn is always a welcome treat, and the low-fat microwave versions make it easy to pop up quickly to send along. Be sure to put it in a sealed baggie to retain freshness.

Barbara Williams
"Dan's Right Hand"
Creative DVO Employee since 2007

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