LUNCHBOX MAKEOVER

Kids and parents can tire of the same old lunches. These recipes transform boring brown bag lunches into nutritious and delicious lunch fare.

  • LUNCHBOX:

    Peanut butter and jelly on white bread, with chips and a piece of fruit.

    MAKEOVER:
    1. Top 1 slice of whole wheat bread with 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 medium apple sliced thinly and the second slice of bread.
    2. Pack with 10 baby carrots, 1 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt.
    3. Enjoy with a cup of skim milk.
  • LUNCHBOX:

    Ham sandwich with cheese on white bread, fruit snacks and a "juice box."

    MAKEOVER:
    1. Place two thin slices of lean ham into a 6 inch whole wheat pita, add 1/3 cup low-fat, shredded cheddar cheese, 1/3 of a tomato, thinly sliced and 1/3 cup of shredded lettuce, accent with spicy mustard.
    2. Pack with a medium orange cut into quarters, 5 vanilla wafers.
    3. Enjoy with a cup of skim milk.
  • LUNCHBOX:

    Turkey sandwich, chips and a cookie.

    MAKEOVER:
    1. Combine 2 cups of mixed greens with 2 ounces of lean turkey breast, ½ cup chopped tomatoes, 1/3 cup slices cucumber, 1/3 cup chopped broccoli, 2 tablespoons raisins.
    2. Pack with a medium orange cut into quarters, 5 vanilla wafers.
    3. In separate small container, place 3 tablespoons vinaigrette dressing.
    4. Add a small bag of baked potato chips and a small rice cereal treat.
    5. 1 cup of low-fat fruit flavored yogurt.
  • LUNCHBOX:

    Tuna salad on white bread, carrots and a graham cracker.

    MAKEOVER:
    1. Combine 2 ounces of chunk lite tuna, canned in water, with 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise, 1/2 egg, chopped, 2 tablespoons celery, chopped and ½ teaspoon pickle relish.
    2. Top 1 slice of Sara Lee® Multi-Grain Bread with the tuna salad and top with a slice of lettuce, two tomato slices and another slice of bread.
    3. Add 1 cup chopped broccoli and pepper strips with ¼ cup low-fat salad dressing.
    4. Enjoy with a cup of skim milk.
  • LUNCHBOX:

    Cheese and crackers, raisins, vanilla wafers and a juice box.

    MAKEOVER:
    1. Top ½ Sara Lee® Whole Wheat Bagel with 2 ounces of low-fat mozzarella cheese and 1 teaspoon spicy mustard, cut bagel into bite size strips.
    2. 1 cup of mixed greens with four chopped apricot halves and 1 tablespoon of low-fat salad dressing.
    3. Add 1 cup chopped broccoli and pepper strips with ¼ cup low-fat salad dressing.
    4. A cup of chocolate flavored skim milk.
  • MORE LUNCHBOX TIPS
    • Adding cheese to sandwiches boosts calcium, but watch the fat by checking the Nutrition Facts Panel. Choose low-fat cheeses - below 4 grams of fat per ounce.
    • Look for juice boxes that are 100% fruit juice.
    • Graham cracker sticks provide the sweet taste plus vitamins and minerals, without the fat of candies.
    • Instead of grabbing pre-packed lunch meals prepare your own with lean turkey, ham or beef, whole grain crackers, a small box of raisins and baby carrots.
    • For kids who enjoy crunchy, salty snacks, try baked chips, pretzels or a small portion of almonds, peanuts, pecans or walnuts.