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Kids and teens have very definite likes and dislikes. Unlike some adults, they’re usually not afraid to tell you exactly how they feel about foods, either. Meeting their nutritional needs as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture can be challenging. If you get them interested in the food they’re eating, they’re more likely to eat it. It may be a trial-and-error process, but you can adjust as necessary to find the right foods.
Rice is usually served as a side dish, but it also makes an easy and inexpensive lunch. It's easy to store or freeze, and it reheats well without loss of flavor. Rice provides complex carbohydrates, which increase energy levels, but without the sudden drop or burnout of simple carbohydrates. It also mixes well with a variety of meats and vegetables for a different lunch every day of the week.
Breakfast and dinner compete for the title of the "most important meal of the day," while lunch is sometimes overlooked. Although it may not get as much attention as other meals, lunch is an important part of every day. Lunch boosts energy in the middle of a busy schedule and allows for plenty of creativity.
Packing your teenage child's lunch doesn't just give her the energy and nutrients she needs for a successful day at school or work, it also helps her make healthier food choices throughout the day. The University of California reports that teens who don't bring packed lunches to school often eat more fast food and are more likely to drink sugary soda than their counterparts. Some of the healthiest portable lunches are also some of the easiest to whip together.
Ground beef is a versatile base for a filling lunch, and a package of lean beef can be part of a hearty yet low-fat meal. No matter what you plan to use the beef for, it will be the most flavorful if you sauté it with chopped onion and a bit of minced garlic.
Making lunch -- whether at home or for school, work, or a busy day running errands -- can be simple when you build the meal around a couple of ingredients that go well together, such as fruit and granola. Not only are fruit and granola nutritious and tasty foods that will make eating lunch a treat, they will also give you the energy you need for your afternoon.
Beach lunches can be a challenge, particularly if you have young children who want to scarf down their food quickly between playing in the sand and jumping in the water. As you plan a beach lunch, choose foods that are quick to put together and easy to eat.
Although a microwave can make short work of heating up a fast lunch when you have little mouths to feed, you can serve lunches they'll love without heating in a microwave, too. Keep the meal plan cool and interesting with delicious and nutritious midday meals they'll gobble up.