Nutrition Experts Offer Healthy Kids Lunch Recipes, Just in Time for Back-To-School

Registered Dietitian from Amway's Nutrilite Health Institute Outlines Easy, Healthy Ingredients with Nutritional Information

Sep 13, 2011, 06:00 ET from Amway North America

ADA, Mich., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NUTRILITE® nutritional supplements, exclusively from Amway, are steeped in the philosophy that optimal health starts with a nutritious, plant-based diet filled with a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Such healthy eating is often a challenge and never more so than in the school lunch. Kids don't always want to eat what's good for them and parents don't always have the time or resources to pack healthy, yet tasty, food.

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“Our children are overfed and undernourished,” says Julie Upton, MS, RD a registered dietitian and Nutrilite spokesperson. “Obesity rates are soaring among our next generation, along with chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes among school-aged kids. Some 98% of children fail to meet their daily fruit and veggie targets and most children are getting too many calories from nutrient-poor choices that provide little more than added sugars to their diet. A nutritious diet is key to help children stay focused and learn.”

The Nutrilite Health Institute offers the following oh-so-simple five-day school lunch meal plan, complete with why it's so good for your pint-sized learner.

"I'm always talking with parents about how they can make healthy meals and snacks that their children will love," says Upton. "This meal plan offers an excellent balance of the most important food groups for children: fruits and veggies; low-fat dairy; lean proteins and quality carbohydrates. It minimizes added sugars and saturated fat. Plus these meals are simple to shop for, easy to prepare and actually taste great.”


Monday

Health Benefits

1/4 cup hummus OR  1/4 cup olive & garbanzo bean salad with light Italian salad dressing and a few spoonfuls of low-fat mozzarella cheese cubes

Good source of protein, high fiber, good source of folic acid

4-5 whole wheat crackers

Good source of energy, fiber, vitamins, and minerals

1/2 cup carrot sticks

High in carotenoids and fiber

6-8 oz low fat yogurt

High in protein, calcium, probiotics, B vitamins, and potassium

4-6 oz 100% fruit juice

Good source of energy, vitamins and minerals



Tuesday

Health Benefits

Whole grain tortilla wrap OR whole Grain bread slice with tuna or other fish salad

High in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, omega - 3 fatty acids

1/2 cup celery sticks OR  red or green pepper sticks with low fat ranch dip OR creamy salad dressing

Good source of vitamin C, Fiber, vitamin K, and potassium

Small apple

Good source of fiber and antioxidants

8 oz low fat milk

High in protein, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus



Wednesday

Health Benefits

Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread

High in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals

Low-fat String cheese OR three slices of low-fat mozzarella cheese

High in protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium,  

Small banana

High in potassium and soluble fiber

4-6 oz 100% juice

Good source of energy, vitamins and minerals



Thursday

Health Benefits

Peanut butter (2 tbsp) and banana sandwich on whole wheat OR 1/4 cup egg salad made with low fat mayo on whole wheat bread

Peanut butter and banana is energy-packed and high in protein, fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals; egg salad is high in protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals

1/2 - 1 cup berries

High in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients

6-8 oz Low Fat Yogurt

High in protein, calcium, vitamin D, probiotics, B vitamins, and potassium

Water




Friday

Health Benefits

Cracker sandwiches - 4-5 whole wheat crackers, 2 oz lean lunch meat, and 1 oz slice of cheese

High in protein, fiber, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals

1/2 cup sliced cucumbers with low fat vinaigrette

Good source of vitamin C and fiber

Small pear

Good source of vitamin C and fiber

8 oz low fat milk

High in protein, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus




Most children look forward to some kind of treat in their lunch boxes and healthy alternatives include baked chips, pretzels, trail mix, graham crackers, oat cookies, low sugar Jell-O®, and 100-calorie snack packs. Another healthy choice is NUTRILITE® Kids BRAINIUMS DHA® gummies. These tasty gummies come in strawberry or fruit punch flavors and sneakily provide omega 3s, essential nutrients that support memory, learning, and concentration with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

About Nutrilite

NUTRILITE, exclusively from Amway, is the world's leading brand of vitamins and dietary supplements (Source Euromonitor International Limited; Vitamins and Dietary Supplements, World, Retail Value RSP, 2010). Amway is so committed to total quality control of its plant concentrates from seed to tablet, it offers the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest, and process plants on its own certified organic farms. Nutrilite farms are located in California, Washington, Mexico, and Brazil.

NUTRILITE Daily Multivitamin, Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables, and DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient, the brand's three most popular supplements in North America, have completed NSF International's Certified for Sport® program, which reduces the risk that a dietary or sports supplement contains banned substances.

SOURCE Amway North America