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THE LUNCH/SNACK CONUMDRUM and a reminder that this is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Posted Sep 10 2012 12:32pm
It's that time again - Fall Sports are in full swing in my house.  Not only are there three sets of smelly football pads and helmets in the garage, but there is a never ending stream of football on the TV.  While I am not about to post about the sport of football, I am thinking about the job of feeding all of these little to big athletes who are working all day at school and then head straight to practice and come home starving for dinner.  It is a constant conumdrum for all of us trying to feed our children for their best performances whether in a sport or not.   It also makes me a bit more conscience of what I pack for lunch so that my "lunch taking" son will actually have something healthy that he will eat and will do him some good.

As SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL CHILD OBESITY AWARENESS month I thought it would be timely to focus a bit on easy,  packable, nutritious lunches and after school snacks.  (This isn't just for the kiddos either!  We all could do with brown bagging now and again!)  Currently, 1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese.  That is a staggering number to me.  That would mean one of my three children, to put it in perspective.  Those overweight children are at risk for serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease at an early age.  Also, obese children are 80% more likely to  become obese adults and have even more health risks.  

I believe one of the best things we can do for our children is feed them from home.  That way you know what they are eating and from where it came!  YOU can control the amount of sugar and pre-packaged and processed foods they are eating.  Packing a good lunch is not nearly as daunting as it sounds.  To prove this point I am setting out a list here of LOTS of great ideas!  Personally, my lunch packer usually gets leftovers.  That way I know he is getting a lean protein and then a side of a fruit, like a clementine, and veggie, like carrot sticks.  We fill a huge water bottle and stick it in the fridge the night before so it stays cold.  He helps with the process so he has a say in his eats and is happy. 

 If your ideas are getting stale, here are some ideas you might like to try
Tuna/Chicken Salad and Crackers
Fruit and Yogart
Homemade Trail Mix
Apples/celery and peanut butter
Cheese and crackers
Pizza Roll ups
Hard Boiled Eggs (great idea but mine won't touch it!)
Sweet Potato
Nut butter and jelly sandwhich (I read a great idea to switch up        the nut butters so your child doesn't get tired of the same ole' PBJ sandwich)
California Rolls
Rice and beans
Egg Sandwich
Fruit Salad
Hummus and crackers or veggies
Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Ham and Cheese roll ups
Baked Chips
Whole Wheat English muffin pizzas
Rotisserie Chicken
Protein Smoothie

See, there are plenty of healthy options for LUNCH or AFTER SCHOOL/PRE-PRACTICE OR GAME SNACKS.  The only bad thing is it does take a little time and preparation.  

ON ANOTHER NOTE, in conjunction with CHILDHOOD OBESITY MONTH, Saucony has released a FREE app called Run4Good.  It's an easy download and track your mileage, pace, route, calorie count and more!  PLUS, every step helps fight childhood obesity!  Saucony will double its contribution to charities based on runners meeting monthly mileage challenges.  This looks pretty painless . . . check it out! 
I hope you are off to a great week!  I hope I'm ready for more football!  Let me know your go to packable lunch ideas or snack ideas!

By the way, Saucony in no way compensated me for this post or information.  They have NO idea who in the world I am!
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