Fun and Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

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Trying to come up with creative and healthy lunchbox ideas for your child to take to school can become a chore.

Kids can be very picky and aren't always willing to try something different. Our job as parents is to try and introduce them to healthy but fun foods.

Surprising kids with something different in their lunchboxes is a good way start!

Here a 10 very quick and easy ideas to get you started:

  1. Change that bread: There are many healthy alternatives when it comes to making that everyday sandwich. You can stuff a pita, use a soft tortilla for a delicious wrap or even try a freshly-baked roll.

  2. Try different sandwich fillings: Turkey, chicken and tuna are good sources of protein and you can add a little something extra like avocado or sliced apple and make lunchtime a real treat!

  3. Sandwich Shapes: Buy some cookie cutters in fun shapes and sizes. You can even theme them for holidays.

  4. Create your own snack mix: There are a variety of healthy, pre-packaged snack mixes available. But, if you really want to get creative you can make your own, gearing it towards some things that you child likes.

  5. Quesadillas: It only takes a quick minute to whip up one of these treats in the morning. Fill them with some of your child"s favorites, cut them in triangles, and pack them up.

  6. Don't forget the Veggies: Bite-sized vegetables with a little side container of dip is a good way to help your child get those vitamins and nutrients they need.

  7. Fruit and Cheese Bites: This is another great opportunity to pick some favorites and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Your kids will gobble them up!

  8. Mini-Muffins-Try a variety of flavors and they are small with lots of flavor, so the kids like to eat them

  9. Beyond Sandwiches: If your kids are just simply tired of sandwiches, try using crackers with some turkey, ham and cheese. You can even use those cookies cutters to cut the meat and cheese into fun shapes.

  10. Pack a Note- Ok, I know this tip is not an edible one! This is a great way to make your child"s day with a funny little cartoon, a favorite joke, or just to say 'I love you'... . a guaranteed way to put a smile on their face.

TIP: Take your kids shopping or include them as you make out your grocery lists and ask them for a few suggestions of some healthy things that they might enjoying having in their lunch box. Turn that boring, old lunchbox into a healthy and delicious 'fun' box!Source:
Posted In: Pregnancy & Motherhood 12/13/2011
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Olympic Gymnast

* 7 Olympic Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze
* 9 World Championship Medals: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
* Member of 8 Halls of Fame
* Most Decorated Gymnast, male or female, in United States history

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Shannon Miller remains The Most Decorated American Gymnast, male or female, in history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008))

Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She is the only US gymnast to win 2 World All-Around Titles. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam.

Finding success in the professional world.

She holds a BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. In addition to her broadcasting and spokesperson duties, hosting her own radio show and writing a series of fitness books, cookbooks and filming her Fit Pregnancy and Body After Baby DVD’s; Shannon continues to be a sought after motivational speaker. Shannon’s company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health & Fitness For Women has exploded into a movement! SML took part in over 120 events in 2010 and is on track to exceed that this year.

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Shannon remains connected to the sports world hosting televised events, commentating, speaking and teaching. Get coached by Shannon Miller, America’s Most Decorated Gymnast, with Nintendo DS “Imagine Gymnast”. And now “Get in the Game” with Shannon Miller. You can get her iPhone app here as she coaches you through all the tips and tricks of gymnastics training!

Setting a mission and overcoming her own battle to help other women achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle.

After battling with her own weight and confidence after retiring from Olympic competition Shannon has made it her mission to help other women achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. In 2011, after a diagnosis of a Germ Cell Tumor, a type of ovarian cancer, she has become a passionate advocate for women to get their regular exams and screenings. Early detection save lives. you can follow Shannon’s cancer and chemo journey on her personal blog, My Journey, along with videos and information from physicians, nurses and other experts in the field. Whether you want to know what chemo therapy is like or how to do your make up or wigs after losing your hair, Shannon’s blog covers it all.

Through her personal stories of trial and triumph Shannon shares with her audience the idea of “balance” in our efforts to be successful and live a healthy and fit lifestyle. She brings her never back down attitude to her professional life as well as her health.

Shannon and her husband welcomed their first child, John Rocco, on October 28th, 2009.

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