Beat Brown Bag Boredom!

September 7th, 2010 by Angie Thayer

Now that the kids are back in school it is very important to make sure they get the proper nutrition throughout the day. Research has shown that kids who eat breakfast have higher school attendance, better overall test scores and improved concentration, solve problems more easily and have better muscle coordination.

So, start their morning off right by baking them their favorite whole grain and fruit muffin in Silly Feet! silicone baking cups. You can bake the muffins on Sunday and your kids will have breakfast for the whole week! Plus, it’s a great grab-n-go meal or snack if you are rushing out the door.

For your teenagers who can’t get out of bed early enough to eat breakfast, send them on their way with a smoothie made from frozen fruit, 100% juice and ice in a cool designed Eco-First Tumbler.

Lunch is just as important as breakfast. By the time lunch comes around your child’s brain needs more fuel. Sandwiches are perfect because they can be made with foods from almost every category of the MyPyramid…whole grain bread from the grain group, lean deli meat from the meat and bean group, low-fat cheese from the milk group, tomatoes from the vegetable group and avocados which offer a good source of healthy fat.

Hero Sandwich
Your kids will love to help make their sandwiches if you mention the Hero Sandwich. Bake one hot roll mix in a greased pennant shaped pan following the directions on the box. Remove from pan and let cool on rack. Cut bread in half horizontally and assemble sandwich with your child’s favorite healthy fillings. They can even use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the cheese and deli meat. Slice the sandwich and pack it in their lunch box.

Instead of sending chips, make your family’s favorite homemade trail mix with dried fruit, nuts and cereal or purchase pre-made trail mix and put it in a colorful party bag like the Smiley Face Party Bag. Let your kids know you love them by adding a message on a tag that you can attach to the bag.

By the time the kids get home from school they are famished and will eat anything they can get their hands on, including the easy to grab junk food sitting in the pantry. To make sure they don’t ruin their dinner with an unhealthy snack, have some pita crisps ready-to-eat in a bowl.

Pita Crisps
Instead of buying the highly processed and salty pita crisps from the grocery store make your own. Using any shaped mini cookie cutter, press and cut shapes from pita bread. (This can be a great activity to do with the kids!) Pull apart into pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with oil and top with seasonings or herbs. Bake at 375 degrees F for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Leave a jar of peanut butter next to the crackers so they can make a sandwich.

These are just a few ideas to get your kids started on the right foot this school year. As a parent, you know they will be getting all of the nutrients they need. On the other hand, your kids will think they are just eating “cool” foods (shhhh…we won’t tell them it’s healthy).

Angie Thayer Angie is a registered dietitian and has been the Food and Regulatory Specialist for Wilton Brands for the past 4 years. She wears many hats in this role – regulatory, PR, customer service and inventory to name a few. While wearing her PR hat, you may have seen her on local Chicago news stations where she is the guest chef. In Angie’s words, “I never have the same day twice and I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the people and the atmosphere at Wilton – who couldn’t when it’s always about celebrating.” In her spare time, Angie enjoys traveling to Europe, Mexico and around the US with her husband.

5 Replies

  1. These are great tips! We use cookie cutters for cucumbers too!

  2. Angie Thayer says:

    I am glad you enjoyed it! Check out my blog post “Fun Food For Kids” and you will see how I recommended cookie cutters for a variety of foods, including your suggestion on cucumbers: http://www.wilton.com/blog/index.php/better-baking-fun-food-for-kids/. Kids sure know how to make us parents think “out of the box” when it comes to food!

  3. Shannon says:

    Love this post! We use tons of Wilton cookie cutters for lunches. I especially love the tiniest fondant cutters for baby carrots for pasta salads–we’ve used the stars for “starfish” paired up with a fish shaped boiled egg or octodog. My girl loves the flower ones too!

  4. trish says:

    When using the silicone cupcake liners do they need to be greased? Thank you

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