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      Sample Packed Lunch Menu

      Out of healthy packed lunch ideas? Packing a nutritious packed lunch your kids will actually eat five days of the week is no easy feat. 

      Itís no wonder many of us get stuck in a rut and end up packing the same lunch time and time again.When packing your kids lunch, the main thing to keep in mind is that the lunch is nutritious and balanced. Try to include a mixture of whole grains, protein, calcium, fruit and veggies in each packed lunch and donít worry itís really not too difficult.

      Tasty and nutritious school lunches can be one of parents' biggest challenges. To please the kids and meet the basic dietary guidelines, make them part of the planning and shopping. Within reason, try to accommodate their lunch requests, keeping nutrition guidelines in mind.  A nutritious lunch doesn't have to revolve around a traditional sandwich; consider different pita breads or tortilla wrappings filled with a favorite sandwich meat or salad, meat and cheese kabobs, or a macaroni salad. 

      To help get you started, hereís a 5-day sample lunch menu which is balanced to include a little of everything mentioned above.

      Day One:
      Wholemeal bread sandwich filled with ham and cheese and cut into triangles
      Fruit yogurt
      Cut melon cubes and cucumber rounds
      Small packet of raisins
      Milk or fruit juice

      Day Two:
      Pita filled with turkey and cream cheese
      Carrot sticks
      Pineapple chunks
      Mini muffin
      Milk or fruit juice

      Day Three:
      Homemade Pizza Quesadilla
      Apple sauce
      Cherry tomatoes and cubes of ham
      Yogurt covered raisins
      Milk or fruit juice

      Day Four:
      Bagel spread with peanut butter and full fruit jam
      Fresh peach
      Carrot sticks and cubes of cheese
      Yogurt drink
      Milk or fruit juice

      Day Five:
      Roll filled with tuna and sweet corn
      Cucumber slices and cubes of cheese
      Bunch of seedless grapes
      Mini Fruit Muffin
      Milk or fruit

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