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Healthy Back to School Lunches

  • August 16, 2015
  • By Brittany
Healthy Back to School Lunches

This post is sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Hi friends! After taking a little break last week for a much needed vacation, I’m back to my regular programming!  I hope that you had a lovely weekend.  I’ll have a vacation recap up soon but in the meantime, I wanted to share some pretty awesome information I got last week about healthy back to school lunches (and breakfasts and more!).  

School is right around the corner and a lot of busy moms struggle with making healthy and easy lunches for their kids.  Even if you don’t have children, making sure you eat healthy for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between can be really challenging when you are busy.

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, HFS.  She is a dietician and had some great tips for me on healthy back to school lunches, as well as how you can plan to make sure you and your family eat healthy and stay happy all week long. For instance, to make a healthy lunch, she suggested creating a power lunch box including fruits, vegetables and healthy grains.  She emphasized how important it is to include the fruits, suggesting that Zespri Kiwifruit is a great option.

The Zespri Sungold is named because of its golden color and it is sweeter than a green kiwifruit.  It tastes across between a mango and a strawberry and it packs a punch with as much potassium as a medium banana, it covers your daily dose of Vitamin C and it is rich in vitamin E.

I also had questions for her on how to plan healthy breakfasts to make sure that we are getting the nutrients we need to power us through the day.  She had some great suggestions for smoothies but even better was the smoothie bowl she suggested.  I practically started salviating on the phone!

And because we are all busy, Rebecca had some awesome tips for staying organized through grocery shopping and meal planning to make sure your own track for healthy eating all week.  For instance, she suggested making sure you had lean proteins on hand like chicken and fish and some fresh produce.  She suggested cooking up the lean protein and pairing it with a fruit salsa like a kiwi, tomato and onion salsa.  Doesn’t that sound delicious and easy?

Finally, I recently read that kiwifruit were great for babies.  Since I recently started Cooper on solids but haven’t given him any kiwi yet, I wanted to find out why it was such a good option for the little man.  Turns out that it has vitamins C & E, potassium and fiber all packed into a tiny little fruit.  Cutting it open and scooping it out with a spoon is an easy and great option.  She also suggested giving Cooper healthy fats like tuna fish packed in olive oil.  Both of these tips I would never have thought of and can’t wait to try it out with Coops!

Check out the video of my call with her and get all the info on the recipes and why Zespri Kiwifruit is such an awesome addition to your diet! 

For additional information, you can visit Zespri Kiwifruit’s website.  They have some great recipes and information on where you can buy!

Readers, what are your tips for healthy lunches?  

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