Sometimes we all get stumped with what to serve for lunch that is healthy. It can be easy to fall into a rut! In collaboration with Elizabeth Somer*, a nationally-recognized registered dietician and author, Horizon Organic developed a “5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please” resource to aid in back to school lunch box packing. The list outlines the five main food groups and 10 great-tasting choices within each group to make packing a nutritious lunch easy and enjoyable. Together, parents and children can mix-and-match items from each food group to create a balanced packed lunch. Parents can then use the resource with marked selections as a simple grocery shopping list.
“Packing the perfect school lunch is about ensuring all five food groups are covered, choosing foods within those groups that kids like and adding variety to the lunch box to keep kids interested,” said Somer. “Getting kids involved in the lunch packing process is not only a great way to ensure kids are getting a lunch they’re excited about, it’s also a good opportunity to begin to teach children about nutrition and health.”
One item included in Somer’s recommended list of lunch box foods is Horizon Organic Milk with 32 mg DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes. Introduced earlier this year in vanilla and chocolate flavors, Horizon Organic Milk with 32 mg DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes are an ideal option for families who want all of the nutritious benefits of milk, including 8g of protein, Vitamins A and D, and calcium, with the added benefit of DHA omega-3 to support healthy brain development. As the first shelf-stable milk box with 32 mg DHA omega-3, these new milk boxes are perfect for packed school lunches.
The complete “5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please Back to School Resource” is available on the Horizon Organic website.
About Horizon Organic
Horizon believes the choice for a healthy family and a healthy planet should be an easy one. Horizon offers a delicious variety of certified organic dairy products to satisfy a broad range of consumer needs. Horizon’s commitment to a healthier planet includes offsetting the energy used to produce its products with clean, renewable wind power. Horizon works with over 600 active and transitioning family farmers across the U.S. Founded in 1991, Horizon remains committed to providing great-tasting dairy products that make it easy for moms to provide nutritious options for their kids. For more information about Horizon’s organic dairy products, visit www.horizondairy.com.
*Elizabeth Somer, M.A., registered dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way to Happiness,” “Food & Mood,” and “Age-Proof Your Body,” is a nutrition consultant to DSM Nutritional Products, makers of life’sDHA™, a vegetarian and sustainable source of DHA omega-3, which helps to support brain and eye health. Visit www.lifesdha.com for more information.
Horizon Milk Giveaway
To celebrate the families who are working to build a better, more nutritious lunch box, we are giving away enough Horizon Organic Milk with 32 mg DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes for a month’s worth of packed lunches to one Frugal Greenish Mama reader.
To enter to win, simply answer the question in a comment below:
What is an example of one healthy lunch you pack for your children?