September 24, 2010

Lunch - Bagels!

Total prep time: less than 5 minutes

Canada's Food Guide Servings:
2 Grain Products (1 bagel)
1 Milk and Alternatives (50g of cheese)

You really can't choose a simpler school lunch for your child.  I remember in the good old 'nutty' days, my mother would often send me to school with a plain bagel filled with creamy peanut butter.  Paired with a banana and a carton of milk, and it was a well-balanced meal.  We all know that peanuts are a huge no-no in schools, but there are other delicious options available.  Let's get creative!
  • Cinnamon raisin bagel with apple butter
  • Sesame seed bagel with sliced white cheddar cheese (add sliced ham or turkey for some extra protein)
  • Whole wheat bagel with plain or strawberry cream cheese
  • Cheese bagel with vegetable cream cheese
  • 12-grain bagel with any of the above toppings
Make sure to add an ice pack to your child's lunch bag as cheese products should be kept cold.  You can also add a frozen juice box instead of an ice pack.  This will keep the food cold, and will thaw by lunch time.

1. To make this lunch even more fun for your little one, look for mini bagels at your local bakery or grocery store.  Fill 3 of them with different flavours of cream cheese.  Children like variety, especially when it comes to their food.
2. Add sliced bell peppers, a container of halved cherry tomatoes (leaving them whole can be a choking hazard to young children) or a piece of fruit to the lunch bag to make this meal complete.

What child wouldn't love a lunch like this?  Lunch can be healthy.  Lunch should be healthy.


KimRaposo said...

Ohhhhhh Shauna, I LOVE it!!
Great job!! I've invited some friends! :)


Kailin said...

OH butter!!!!! I haven't tried this, do you make it ?

Shauna MacKenzie said...

I'll be posting a yummy recipe very soon!