Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Lunch

by Alexandra Pauline - September 24th, 2012

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Nutritious & Delicious Kid Friendly Foods!

Politics aside, there's one thing we can all agree on: raising healthy kids. First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her mission to combat the American obesity epidemic with her "Let's Move" campaign, and since school is in full swing, it's a great time to reevaluate what you're feeding your children.

Remember - filling your kids up on seemingly cheap, processed junk will ending up costing them a lot - both physically and mentally. The good news is, it doesn't take a lot of time or money to whip up these quick, creative and affordable Fab & Fru lunchbox favorites!

Oh La Leftovers

Chicken has always been a quick go-to when it comes to dinner, but if your kid has had their fill of the typical ham and cheese, take their sandwich to the next level with a BBQ chicken surprise! Cut up the leftover chicken, toss or Screen Shot 2012-09-24 at 10.10.07 AMsauté it with thinly cut carrots and BBQ sauce, and serve on a whole wheat roll spread with a thin layer of Ranch dressing with your choice of lettuce, pickles or fresh spinach on top. Not only have you snuck in some veggies, you've also harnessed the magic of leftovers from last night's chicken din!

  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons light ranch dressing
  • 1 small whole-wheat sandwich bun
  • 1 leaf romaine lettuce, 3 pickle slices or raw spinach

Snack Time Super Food

With winter on its way oranges will soon be in season so shake up your kid's lunchbox with cinnamon oranges! Head to your local farmer's market, stock up on a bunch for the week and your kiddo's lunch will on its way to a new peak! Take a knife Screen Shot 2012-09-24 at 9.50.50 AMand remove the rind and white pith from the oranges. Cut each into 5 or 6 slices and set them up on plates for dressing. Take some orange juice - or make it fresh if you have oranges to spare - lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon, and mix it together in a small bowl. Drizzle it over the orange slices and voila, you've got a delicious desert ready for tupperware. And at only 86 calories PLUS 150% of the daily value of Vitamin C, it's a great treat for all you moms trying to stay in shape too!

  • 4 navel oranges
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Turkey Tortilla Ta-Da

Sliced turkey is a great lean way to make sure your kids get the protein they need, and tortillas are an excellent alternative to heavier breads, so next time you're packing a lunch give these turkey tortilla pinwheels a whirl! Spread some Screen Shot 2012-09-24 at 11.11.52 AMlow fat cream cheese or mashed avocado on a tortilla and sprinkle with your favorite light shredded cheese. Add a couple slices of turkey for your next layer, and tightly roll the tortilla. After you have your log shaped sandwich cut it into small sushi sized bites! If you're feeling creative your can always throw in any veggies you want into the original roll up as well!

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • low fat cream cheese or mashed avocado
  • light shredded cheese
  • lean sliced turkey

Food For Thought

Childhood obesity is at an all time high, according to the Center for Disease Control approximately 17% of children andScreen Shot 2012-09-24 at 12.04.35 PM adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese, and 1/3 rd of American kids are overweight. Don't let your kid tip the scale, instead fill them up with nutritious alternatives to fatty foods and sugary snacks. It's the most effective way to teach them the importance of the best investment they'll ever make …a healthy future!

Check out Letsmove.gov for more first lady approved recipes created by American kids just like yours!

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