There are three pieces to the “school lunch puzzle” that make it challenging for childcare providers. The first is the “what,” while the second is the “how” and the last is the task of keeping it affordable. In the midst of a busy week that tugs on our time and resources, how do we fit these puzzle pieces into a perfect picture five lunches that work for both your student and you? We start with a plan (and the right tools).
Pork tenderloin is a fantastic choice for sandwiches. It’s cheaper per pound than your average deli meat, cooks up in a jiffy as roasts go, adapts itself beautifully to a huge range of flavors, and tastes great cold. And because you’re cooking it yourself, you can control the flavors and the amount of salt. It’s a win-win-win-win-win sandwich filling, and this is the perfect recipe to start playing with it.
The Guiding Stars team is thrilled to help students at institutions like University of New Hampshire make smarter, healthier choices in their day-to-day eating. The food service leadership at UNH has been very innovative in using our program to highlight their more nutritious offerings. We’ve long seen the positive effects our program makes for grocery shoppers, and we are pleased to see this catch on in even more organizations as consumers begin to demand information that allows them to make the best choices possible. The impact we’re making in our communities is exciting: from supporting more nutritious choices in school and hospital cafeterias, to helping shoppers navigate grocery shelves to offering hundreds of nutritious star-rated recipes on our website. We believe we have a responsibility to provide easy, transparent nutritional guidance, and we’re pleased to share news about independent research that highlights the impact of our work.
Coming off of the summer months into full-swing harvest time, it’s easy to load our diets with fresh fruits and vegetables—and as any good dietitian will tell you, that’s a great thing! Take advantage of the ample supply; pile those plates with fresh, seasonal produce and you’ll reap plenty of vitamins, minerals, health-promoting phytonutrients and fiber as well.
Pan Bagnat means “bathed bread,” and it refers to the fact that this sandwich is designed to soak up all of the oily goodness of the dressing. It doesn’t get soggy from too much liquid, though: the idea is to use just the right amount of liquid and press the sandwich overnight for a tender, moist culinary experience that invalidates mayo’s raison d’être. Because it’s intended to sit for a long span of time, it’s the perfect sandwich to include in any lunchbox. And if you swap the tuna with a vegetarian option like mashed chickpeas, you don’t need to be as concerned about food safety on a warmer day.
A new school year means new gear that goes beyond school supplies to lunch time. Check out the latest tools that ensure your child’s lunch is as cold or as warm as it should be to guarantee your student enjoys a nutritious, balanced and safe lunch. Please remember that unless the foods you are packing are shelf stable (meaning you store them in your pantry or on your counter) you need to maintain their proper temperature (less than 40 degrees for cold foods and greater than 140ºF for warm) until lunch.
Nothing says summer in America like piling into the car with your entire family or all of the friends you can fit (plus one) to drive to the water or some entertaining destination. Whether you’re doing a proper cross-country roadtrip or spending a day at the beach, these cooler-friendly recipes will keep you in yummy meals and luscious sweet treats while keeping you on track with your nutrition goals.