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Wellness for the Family: Back to School Meals

Back-to-school season is right around the corner.

This means parents are busy stocking up on school supplies, tech gear, new shoes and clothes as little kids and teens prepare for the classroom. But don’t forget to come up with some fresh ideas – and line your pantry with some grocery staples – for the most exciting time of the day for lots of kids: lunchtime.

Whether they love to be social or just look forward to the break from classwork, bringing food from home is a tasty way to enjoy a meal at school. Here are four lunch ideas to try:

  • Make a healthier kind of PB&J wrap using sunflower seed butter, low-sugar jam, banana slices and a sprinkle of granola. 
  • Teens will love warming up a power bowl that’s made with microwavable rice, black beans or chickpeas, sliced veggies a dressing drizzled on top. 
  • Make it Taco Tuesday any day of the week by packing cooked, boneless chicken along with some shredded cheese, pico de gallo or salsa, small tortillas and a side of fruit and milk. 
  • A mini charcuterie bento box leaves the possibilities endless as it can be packed with your kid’s favorite items or what you have at home. Pack with fruit, veggie slices, cheese cubes, hummus, whole wheat crackers and salami.

For a direct link to Shanthi Appelo’s “A Healthier Michigan” website with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 

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