Hudson - Litchfield News September 3, 2010 - 13
Do your kids need a fresh lunch box makeover? The start of a new school year is an
exciting time for children. Each fall begins with a new teacher, different classmates and a fresh start, making it the perfect time for you and your kids to get back into a daily routine. A good place to start is the school
lunch. The contents of your child’s lunch are important to their overall daily nutri- ent intake. Packing the right kinds of foods can help them maintain energy levels and concentration throughout the day. To avoid falling into a rut and preparing the same lackluster foods, here are a few tips to help make over any lunch box this school year. Take a supermarket safari. Many shop-
pers enter the supermarket with the same list of products for every visit. With hun- dreds of products to choose from in each section of the store, it’s easy to stick with what we know. Discover the hidden gems of the supermarket by purchasing at least one item you’ve never tried before and find a way to incorporate it into a healthy lunch. It can be difficult if your child is a picky eater, so start with small changes. If your child is used to white bread, swap it for a whole grain pita instead or pack a different kind of protein in their lunch, such as almond butter with apple slices or hummus and veggie sticks. Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese is a great find because it’s a 100 percent all-natural protein source and is versatile enough to be served alone, topped with strawberries, bananas and a touch of honey or incorporated into a variety of recipes. Keep it fresh. The best way to ensure
your kids eat their food is to keep it fresh. Insulated lunch bags are a great choice for
Teachers funding classroom supplies
Many teachers look to provide excit- ing experiences for children in the classroom, frequently using interac- tive supplies and techniques intended to make learning fun. While teachers often get an annual
school supply budget, too often what teachers use in the classroom is purchased with money out of their own pockets. That’s even more true in light of recession-related budget cutbacks that have forced teachers to reach deeper into their own funds to pay for supplies. An April 2010 OfficeMax(R) “Na- tional Teaching Realities Survey” from Kelton Research found that 97 per- cent of American teachers frequently use their own money to stock up on supplies for the classroom. In most professions, supplies are funded by employers. However, teachers – whom many feel are underpaid – find themselves running out of money for supplies. Instead of scaling back and letting students suffer, many teachers continue to use their own money to ensure a worthy classroom experience.
requesting donations of supplies, parents should step up to the plate. It’s not greed feeding these requests, but rather necessity. * Parents can join together and con- sult school officials about their con- cern for dwindling school budgets. * Local merchants can donate
What are they buying? At least 80
percent of teachers interviewed in the study found that basics, such as paper products and craft items, are in short supply. Many parents are unaware that teachers use their own funds for sup- plies. But students and parents alike can do their part to contribute to a better learning environment. * When teachers send home notes
school supplies or offer discounts for teachers. Not only is it free advertis- ing, it’s good for the community as well. * Teachers can investigate discount programs at school- and office-supply stores. * At the beginning of the year, teachers can issue a list of neces- sary classroom supplies. Parents and other community members can work together to complete the list. * It’s not just classroom supplies, either. Some teachers use their own money to help students who may not have money for lunch or bus fare to get home. Fundraisers for the classroom can be a good way to raise extra money for miscellaneous expenses.
school lunches. Some reusable insulated lunch bags are equipped with freezer packs. Not only are they great for keeping food fresh and appetizing, but they also provide you with the opportunity to pack a variety of perishable foods. A thermos is another good item to keep on-hand for foods that need to stay warm, such as chicken noodle soup. Make it fun. Keep lunchtime interesting
by allowing your kids to take the driver’s seat when it comes to packing their lunch boxes. When kids are able to get involved in the process, they are more prone to eat it, as well as learn important nutritional information along the way. Consider tak- ing them on their own supermarket safari, using fun-shaped cookie cutters for cut- ting sandwiches or decorating the lunch bag so it is personal. Visit FreshenUpY- ourFridge.com
and pick a different recipe together each night to make it a bonding experience.
Strawberry Banana Parfait Prep Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 15 Minutes Serves: 4
Ingredients: 1 banana, cut in chucks 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 cup quartered strawberries 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts 2 cups Daisy 2 percent cottage cheese Directions: Toss banana with lime juice. Mix bananas with strawberries, honey and walnuts. Spoon the mixture into parfait glasses. Top each glass with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.
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