The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 8, 2013

School-ready ideas to liven up the lunchtime blahs

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Tips to remember

• Make foods easy to eat; cut up fruits and vegetables when possible.

• Let them dip; studies show that children eat significantly more fruits and vegetables when given a dip. Try ranch, hummus, peanut butter or yogurt.

• Remember food safety. Pack perishables in an insulated bag with an ice pack to keep them fresh until lunchtime.

April Graff, MS, RD, LD, is a reg­istered dietitian at both Mankato Hy-Vee stores and can be reached at AGraff@hy-vee.com or call 625-1107 or 625-9070. Send her ques­tions about food and nutrition, recipes, meal planning and healthy shopping.

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