Thursday, March 14, 2013

Crunch a Color Lunch!

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Crunch a Color Conversation Starters are a fun way to promote discussion and interaction at the table during meals. Whether you're sitting down for a family dinner, eating in the car on a road trip, or take a few along on a picnic, these cards are sure to get everyone opening up and talking!

From easy questions like "What is your favorite food to eat?" to more thought provoking ones, such as "Which color best describes your personality?" you're sure to share a positive bond as you learn more about each other!
Uncured ham and string cheese "sushi," GF Van's crackers, guacamole, edamame, carrots, Chioggia beets, strawberries
In her EasyLunchbox, my preschooler has:

Whole Grain: These whole grain gluten-free crackers from Van's are a big hit with the girls and I - Z loves the "Everything" flavor the best. Me too! It's hard to incorporate a lot of whole grains in a picky-kid-friendly lunch, since my 4-year-old won't really eat cold rice! And many of the whole grain baked goods have a lot of starch in them, to make them more like the wheat-based items. So I've had to be creative with tasty whole-grain gluten bread and crackers in Z's lunches, and then serve a heaping bowl of cooked brown rice and quinoa with dinner!

Protein: Both the uncured ham and the cheese count as protein in this case. I got this idea from the MOMables 8-week Gluten and Nut Free Menu subscription. I wrapped two slices of ham around a stick of string cheese and used short food picks to secure the ham, and cut the stick into little "sushi rolls."

3 or More Colors: She has red strawberries (and technically beets,) orange/yellow carrot flowers, green edamame, and white beets. (The avocado in the guacamole is classified as an "other" in the USDA My Plate vegetables group.)

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of Crunch a Color Conversation Starters to feature with a healthy lunch!

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