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2013 2013 2013 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">Here we are, just a few weeks into the new school year, and we're already getting in a rut with school lunch. I've already heard some of what you may have from your little lunch critics,"broccoli again?",&nbsp;"but everybody else has...",&nbsp;&nbsp;"why can't I have more sweet treats?"</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Packing a healthier, greener school lunch is possible, and it can even be fun.! Here are a few reminders of ways to make it work.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Focus on fruits and vegetables, making sure they comprise half of your child's school lunch (per USDA guidelines). Fresh, organic, local food is ideal. &nbsp;My kids love eating food fresh from our little organic garden, like tiny tomatoes and crisp bell pepper slices! &nbsp;Sending along a dip can add extra motivation to finish these fresh picks.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uq4XczH8DtA/UiSdPtIPB9I/AAAAAAAAK60/HTBxL9TNGq0/s1600/GardenPeppersTomatoesFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="211" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uq4XczH8DtA/UiSdPtIPB9I/AAAAAAAAK60/HTBxL9TNGq0/s320/GardenPeppersTomatoesFlourSackMama.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">When necessary, use frozen fruits and vegetables, even if conventional, to ensure kids get enough servings. &nbsp;I used generic frozen vegetables with a version of macaroni and cheese that offers great taste without artificial colors or flavors. We received some mac and cheese samples from Annie's during the <a href="http://floursackmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/rock-lunchbox-launch-giveaway.html" target="blank">Rock the Lunch Box</a>&nbsp;project, and it's a regular on our shopping list.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ucFLv4yy1r4/UiShilJeJ8I/AAAAAAAAK7I/SWxVj29s2FA/s1600/FrozenVegMacCheeseFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="227" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ucFLv4yy1r4/UiShilJeJ8I/AAAAAAAAK7I/SWxVj29s2FA/s320/FrozenVegMacCheeseFlourSackMama.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Shape up lunch foods to make them more fun. &nbsp;We love the little heart-shaped utensil at our house that turns everything from fruits like watermelon to cheeses to vegetables like cucumbers into something adorable. We discovered that if you cut it into a heart shape, my kids instantly think it tastes better!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W706iTp_seo/UiSdWI9p14I/AAAAAAAAK68/BHw35glQd-s/s1600/FoodShapesFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="211" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W706iTp_seo/UiSdWI9p14I/AAAAAAAAK68/BHw35glQd-s/s320/FoodShapesFlourSackMama.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Finally, there are lots of ways to go greener with school lunch containers. &nbsp;Not only are they wasteful, but who wants to keep spending money again and again for a bunch of disposable bags and napkins anyway? We're always looking for stainless steel, BPA-free containers that we can wash over and over in the dishwasher. &nbsp;Plus, simple cotton napkins are a frugal and easy green lunch solution. &nbsp;While you can buy cotton napkins or even use dollar bandanas for napkins, you can also make your own. &nbsp;Here's my simple&nbsp;<a href="http://floursackmama.blogspot.com/2011/08/thrifty-back-to-school-napkin-tutorial.html" target="blank">cotton napkin tutorial</a>. &nbsp;While organic cotton would be ideal for this project, any cotton napkin used over and over is still a greener alternative to lots of disposables.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3X6fQ8F8Esg/UiSbkOs1WQI/AAAAAAAAK6s/YmJIbefmUHk/s1600/HomemadeNapkinsFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3X6fQ8F8Esg/UiSbkOs1WQI/AAAAAAAAK6s/YmJIbefmUHk/s1600/HomemadeNapkinsFlourSackMama.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Check out the <span id="goog_576403749"></span><a href="http://floursackmama.blogspot.com/p/clean-couponing.html" target="blank">Clean Couponing</a><span id="goog_576403750"></span>&nbsp;tab at FlourSackMama.com for tips and occasional giveaways.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Healthy school lunches and snacks are one of many back-to-school topics covered in a FREE ebook out now from Healthy Child Healthy World. &nbsp;With leading scientists, medical experts and business leaders behind this organization, it offers the latest information that concerned parents and educators need to know.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b>Get your copy today of Easy Steps to Healthy Schools &amp; Daycares at this <a href="http://www.healthychild.org/healthyschoolsebook/" target="blank">link</a>.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;">Be sure to bookmark&nbsp;</span><a href="http://floursackmama.com/" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;">FlourSackMama.com</a><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;so you won't miss a thing as we grow into a site that can bring you more of what you want!</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b><br /></b></div><br /></div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: justify;">Here we are, just a few weeks into the new school year, and we're already getting in a rut with school lunch. I've already heard some of what you may have from your little lunch critics,"broccoli again?",&nbsp;"but everybody else has...",&nbsp;&nbsp;"why can't I have more sweet treats?"</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Packing a healthier, greener school lunch is possible, and it can even be fun.! Here are a few reminders of ways to make it work.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Focus on fruits and vegetables, making sure they comprise half of your child's school lunch (per USDA guidelines). Fresh, organic, local food is ideal. &nbsp;My kids love eating food fresh from our little organic garden, like tiny tomatoes and crisp bell pepper slices! &nbsp;Sending along a dip can add extra motivation to finish these fresh picks.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uq4XczH8DtA/UiSdPtIPB9I/AAAAAAAAK60/HTBxL9TNGq0/s1600/GardenPeppersTomatoesFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="211" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uq4XczH8DtA/UiSdPtIPB9I/AAAAAAAAK60/HTBxL9TNGq0/s320/GardenPeppersTomatoesFlourSackMama.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">When necessary, use frozen fruits and vegetables, even if conventional, to ensure kids get enough servings. &nbsp;I used generic frozen vegetables with a version of macaroni and cheese that offers great taste without artificial colors or flavors. We received some mac and cheese samples from Annie's during the <a href="http://floursackmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/rock-lunchbox-launch-giveaway.html" target="blank">Rock the Lunch Box</a>&nbsp;project, and it's a regular on our shopping list.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ucFLv4yy1r4/UiShilJeJ8I/AAAAAAAAK7I/SWxVj29s2FA/s1600/FrozenVegMacCheeseFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="227" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ucFLv4yy1r4/UiShilJeJ8I/AAAAAAAAK7I/SWxVj29s2FA/s320/FrozenVegMacCheeseFlourSackMama.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Shape up lunch foods to make them more fun. &nbsp;We love the little heart-shaped utensil at our house that turns everything from fruits like watermelon to cheeses to vegetables like cucumbers into something adorable. We discovered that if you cut it into a heart shape, my kids instantly think it tastes better!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W706iTp_seo/UiSdWI9p14I/AAAAAAAAK68/BHw35glQd-s/s1600/FoodShapesFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="211" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W706iTp_seo/UiSdWI9p14I/AAAAAAAAK68/BHw35glQd-s/s320/FoodShapesFlourSackMama.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Finally, there are lots of ways to go greener with school lunch containers. &nbsp;Not only are they wasteful, but who wants to keep spending money again and again for a bunch of disposable bags and napkins anyway? We're always looking for stainless steel, BPA-free containers that we can wash over and over in the dishwasher. &nbsp;Plus, simple cotton napkins are a frugal and easy green lunch solution. &nbsp;While you can buy cotton napkins or even use dollar bandanas for napkins, you can also make your own. &nbsp;Here's my simple&nbsp;<a href="http://floursackmama.blogspot.com/2011/08/thrifty-back-to-school-napkin-tutorial.html" target="blank">cotton napkin tutorial</a>. &nbsp;While organic cotton would be ideal for this project, any cotton napkin used over and over is still a greener alternative to lots of disposables.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3X6fQ8F8Esg/UiSbkOs1WQI/AAAAAAAAK6s/YmJIbefmUHk/s1600/HomemadeNapkinsFlourSackMama.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3X6fQ8F8Esg/UiSbkOs1WQI/AAAAAAAAK6s/YmJIbefmUHk/s1600/HomemadeNapkinsFlourSackMama.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Check out the <span id="goog_576403749"></span><a href="http://floursackmama.blogspot.com/p/clean-couponing.html" target="blank">Clean Couponing</a><span id="goog_576403750"></span>&nbsp;tab at FlourSackMama.com for tips and occasional giveaways.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;">Healthy school lunches and snacks are one of many back-to-school topics covered in a FREE ebook out now from Healthy Child Healthy World. &nbsp;With leading scientists, medical experts and business leaders behind this organization, it offers the latest information that concerned parents and educators need to know.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b>Get your copy today of Easy Steps to Healthy Schools &amp; Daycares at this <a href="http://www.healthychild.org/healthyschoolsebook/" target="blank">link</a>.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;">Be sure to bookmark&nbsp;</span><a href="http://floursackmama.com/" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;">FlourSackMama.com</a><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;so you won't miss a thing as we grow into a site that can bring you more of what you want!</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><b><br /></b></div><br /></div><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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