The Lunch Spectrum

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Even as school cafeterias offer more choices to students, some parents still opt to send their children to school with a packed lunch. No matter the reason, parents strive to pack lunches that are healthy and appealing.

“Eating a rainbow” is more than a pretty metaphor. With fruits and vegetables, different colors generally signify an abundance of specific nutrients. Orange produce is high in vitamin C and beta-carotene. Red is indicative of heart-healthy foods. Yellow foods tend to be high in potassium and aid in digestion. Green foods are often high in iron and help strengthen the immune system. Purple vegetables and fruits could be called “brain food” – not only are these foods good for your memory, they can also help prevent some forms of cancer.

Make these healthy foods appealing for kids by threading them on a toothpick or skewer and providing a healthy dip. Ranch dip is a good choice for veggies, while a simple yogurt dip is scrumptious with fresh fruit.
Luscious Low-fat Yogurt Dip
1 small container vanilla yogurt
1-2 tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
1-2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve with fresh fruit. Makes about one cup.



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