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Back to School Nutrition Tips

by Margaret Moses, MBA, LDN, RD

School’s back in session — and so are our appetites! acac Nutritionist Margaret Moses shares her ideas for easy lunches and adorable snacks for kids. For more nutrition tips from Margaret, visit her website or contact margaretmo@acac.com.

Lunch Packing Tips

Plan leftovers into your lunches. Save some roasted meats and vegetables for quesadillas later in the week, or make a big pot of chili you can send in a thermos.

– Find a time that works. If the morning is too stressful, pack lunches while you’re making dinner — or do it while you’re cleaning up the kitchen after dinner.

– Plan lunches around things that both children and adults can take. It saves time, money, and stress.

– Pack rainbows. Try for something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple to balance “beige” like bread or meat.

Adorable Snacks for Kids

Snails: fill celery stalks with peanut butter or cream cheese at room temperature and top with an apple, orange, kiwi, cucumber, or tomato slice shell and a cashew head. Use peanut butter or cream cheese to glue on candy eyes.

Caterpillars: fill celery stalks with peanut butter or cream cheese and top with grapes, blueberries, or grape tomatoes for the body and head. Use peanut butter or cream cheese to glue on candy eyes. Use radishes and matchstick carrots for antennae.