With back-to-school season only a few weeks away, we have been thinking about lunch. Since six percent of school lunch programs do not meet the requirements established by the USDA School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children we like to focus on healthy eating by packing nutritious lunches for our kids.
Packing a lunch not only saves money, but children who eat nutritious foods do better in the classroom. One of our favorite options is to make high-protein lunches with California Walnuts. With a huge dose of antioxidants, polyphenols and the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, walnuts pack a cognitive punch that can promote brain health, critical thinking and decision-making.
Kids can also get involved in making lunch this year with the delicious collection of options from California Walnuts including their Lunch Crunch Power Balls and Ants and Frogs on a Log!
Almond Power Ball Recipe
Submitted By: Roxanne Chan
A healthy delicious no cook lunch treat combining walnuts, carrot, apple coconut and all held together by dates and honey accented by a touch of cinnamon.
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 30m Cook Time: N/A
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup small dice apple
4 Tbsp flake coconut
4 Medjool pitted dates, mashed
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl till well mixed; form into balls. Pack in a closed container and refrigerate till time to pack the lunch box.
Makes 8. Serves 4 (2 per person)
Calories: 189, Total Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 23mg, Total Carbohydrate: 27g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Protein: 3g
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Ants and Frogs on a Log in a Blanket
Submitted By: MaryAnne Salaway
A twist on the classic Ants on a Log. A whole wheat tortilla spread with Apple Jelly, enclosing a stalk of celery stuffed with low fat cream cheese, that is topped with Raisins and English Walnut Halves (FROGS). All vital food groups are included in this healthy lunch or snack treat. So much fun to put together too! The kids will want to do it themselves.
Servings: 1 individual serving Prep Time: 5 m Cook Time: N/A
1 10-inch whole wheat flour tortilla
1 tablespoon Apple Jelly
1 10-inch stalk of celery
1 1/2 Tablespoons low fat cream cheese
6-8 Walnut halves
Lay tortilla on a plate or flat surface, spread apple jelly evenly on tortilla. Wash and dry stalk of celery and fill hollow with cream cheese. Place English walnut halves evenly across the top, pressing into the cream cheese, fill in spaces with raisins. Place stuffed celery across the center of the tortilla and pull one side over to cover, then roll up tortilla like you would a rug.
For more information about the health benefits of California Walnuts please visit walnuts.org.
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