Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring

How to Make Waste-Free Nutritious School Lunches

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If you’re like us, you start the school year with enthusiastic plans to send your kids to school with lunches that are nutritious, affordable, and easy to make. You promise that you’ll plan ahead. You’ll put more effort into it. You’ll cut out the junk. But somehow mid-year finds us settled once again into our old lunch-making routine, frustrated and in search of fresh ideas. But don’t despair — here are some great tips on how to make fresh, waste-free nutritious school lunches fresh lunches. Try some of these ideas:

Nutty Cashew Dates

cashew-stuffed dates

Give this healthy treat of nut-butter and cashew-stuffed dates a try when you need to whip up something quick for your family or guests. Simple but quite delicious! Photos by Evan Atlas.  Contributed by Amy Hemmert and Tammi Pelstring, from Laptop Lunches. Makes 24 pieces, 2 to 4 halves per serving. more→

Smart Strategies for Picky Eaters

Mustard-Spiked Vegan Cheese-y Sauce

Struggling with food fussbudgets? Here are a few ideas and strategies for helping children and other picky eaters transition to a healthier diet.

Prepare your child. Talk with your child about nutrition and the importance of developing a healthy body. Together, come up with a family plan, including a list of steps the family wants to take to transition to a more healthful diet. Post the list in a place where everyone can see it. more→


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