- Choose low-fat cold cuts and meats such as turkey and chicken. Salami, pastrami, ham and bologna tend to be higher in fat.
- Use low-fat or fat-free cheese.
- Choose whole-grain breads or rolls for sandwiches.
- Make a wrap using a tortilla, grilled chicken breast, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and low-fat cheese.
- Add tuna, chicken or egg salad to whole-wheat pita bread and garnish with shredded lettuce, shredded carrots and sprouts.
- Make a pasta salad with broccoli florets, shredded carrots, diced sweet peppers, cubed low-fat cheese and grilled chicken breast with low-fat or fat-free Italian dressing.
- Spread peanut butter and sliced bananas on a whole grain bagel.
- Make an English muffin pizza. Spread spaghetti sauce on the English muffin. Sprinkle low-fat cheese and your child's favorite veggies on the muffin.
- Put leftover soups, stews and casseroles into a thermo-regulated container to be kept hot.
Meats and cheese should be refrigerated or kept cold in a lunch container.
- Fresh vegetable sticks
- Dried fruit
- Pre-packaged, shelf-stable items such as applesauce, canned fruit or low-fat pudding
- Animal crackers
- Sliced apples or celery sticks with peanut butter
- Fresh fruit such as bananas, oranges and grapes
- Home-made trail mix made from dried fruit, nuts and dry cereal
- Air-popped popcorn
- Bread sticks
- Baked chips and salsa
- Sliced apples and low-fat cheese
- Dry cereal
- Water, bottled or kept in a thermos
- Low-fat or fat-free milk, bought at school or chilled in a thermos
- 100 percent fruit juice
- 100 percent vegetable juice
- Cut items into small, manageable pieces
- Have your child help prepare the lunch
- Let your child pick out a healthful snack
- Use a thermos to keep soups, stews and casseroles warm. Wash the thermos with soap and hot water after every use.
- Place a frozen juice box or bottled water next to cold food items.
- Use an ice pack to keep foods cold.
- Use an insulated lunch container to help keep temperatures stable.