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Date:8/3/2009

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  • Plan meals and snacks a week in advance with your child's input.
  • Recycle leftovers by turning baked chicken into a soft taco or chicken salad.
  • Participate in the school lunch program in full or buy a la carte items like regular or flavored milk and fruit at school.
  • Break the sandwich rut. Pack pita pockets filled with fresh fruit and yogurt, whole-grain crackers and cheese or carrot and cucumber "chips" to dip in salsa, yogurt dressing or hummus.

Meals Matter offers other waste-reducing back-to-school lunch ideas, including:

  • Packing cloth napkins instead of paper towels.
  • Using forks and spoons provided at school.
  • Buying food and beverage items in larger quantities and using small, reusable containers packed in a lunch box, insulated bag or a backpack instead of a paper bag.

For more information, www.mealsmatter.org

Meals Matter is a non-commercial family nutrition and meal-planning website staffed by registered dietitians and sponsored by Dairy Council of California. Healthy Eating Made Easier(R).


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