Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Are your kids tired of the same old bagged lunches? Spice things up with homemade Lunchables and bento boxes.
The kids just returned to school but you may already be in a “packed lunch slump.” Here are ten ways to make packed lunches healthy, fun and fast. 1. Get a bento box system. Laptop Lunches has great options for bento box-style lunches. Bento-ware includes a soft-sided case with sturdy, dishwasher safe containers (top rack only) that fit together inside, just like a bento box. The system pays for itself as you can ditch zip-lock bags and pack a far greater variety of lunch options, including dinner leftovers, berries and dips. You can purchase Laptop Lunches online. 2. Wrap it & have your child choose the filling. Kids love having turkey and cheese or veggies with hummus wrapped in a tortilla. Giant offers some great options for tortillas. …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Montgomery and Prince George’s county schools serve more fruits and vegetables, but students may not be eating them.
- Erin Egan
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Every day at lunch, children across Prince George’s and Montgomery counties may be facing what conventional wisdom says is one of their worst nightmares. No, it’s not monsters hiding under their beds or behind their closet doors. It’s not zombies chasing after them, either. It’s fruits and vegetables. After Congress passed a nationwide law limiting the amount of calories schools are allowed to serve at lunch, schools in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are adhering to the rules and serving up more healthy options for students. “Before this year, each student had to select three out of five items,” said Marla Caplon, Director of the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County public schools. “This year, the student …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Here's the food for thought that public school students will be eating this week in Prince George's County.
Take a look at a rundown of menus for Prince George's County Public Schools from Monday, Sept. 10 to Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. For more information and PDF versions of these menus, visit the Food and Nutrition Services section of the PGCPS website. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich w/Cheese Stick, Garden Salad w/Fresh Local Tomatoes (Offered w/Reduced Fat Dressing), Fresh Fruit Bowl and/or Fruit Cup 100% Fruit Juice (Tuesday and Thursday only) Eggo Pancakes, Mandarin Oranges, Grape Juice Cheese Pizza, Turkey Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Popcorn Chicken Salad Platter & Tortilla Chips, Steamed Broccoli, Mixed Vegetables, Fresh Cantaloupe Yogurt Cup, 100% Fruit Juice Diced Turkey Salad Wrap, Peach Cup, 100% Fruit Juice, Milk Warm …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Tips from local moms on kid-friendly, healthy and easy school lunches.
School is about to start, and one big decision other than what the first-day outfit will be is whether or not your child will eat a packed lunch or buy lunch from school. The great thing about packing lunch is that you know what your kids will be eating, and you can cater the meal to their allergies and preferences. Patch spoke to some local moms—and Patch contributors—and came up with a few tips every family can use. How to get your kids excited about packing a lunch: Make a deal with your kids. Give them a certain amount of money each week and explain they can either buy school lunch with it, or save it and bring their lunch from home for free. — Lezlie Crosswhite, contributor One big thing kids seem to be into these days is bento box …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Do schools offer enough healthy lunch options?
It’s not every day you hear an 11-year-old pass up pizza and ask for more salad. But, The Gazette reports that’s exactly what Ciara Mulvihill did when she realized Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring did not offer many healthy food options. So, Ciara and several classmates brought the issue to their principal, Cheryl Pulliam. Pulliam supported the girls' campaign for healthier foods -- the school recently installed a salad bar in its cafeteria. Several Prince George's County public schools will soon follow suit. According to Joan Shorter, director of the county's department of food and nutrition services, salad bars will be piloted in 10 of the area's schools in the fall. All Prince George's County schools currently offer…