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School Lunches That Will Rock Their World

Aug 20, 2015

By Dean George

Buzz, buzz, buzz...the alarm clock awakens you from a sound slumber. You are mentally clawing at the cobwebs of your fuzzy thinking, wondering if you really did do the dishes last night or if it was only a dream, when suddenly you bolt upright in bed:

Omigosh! You forgot to make the kids’ lunches!


Now you begin the day with the realization you have to make both breakfast and lunch, while simultaneously prepping the kids for their school day. After waking the kids, you fly down the stairs and rush to the kitchen in your bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, prepared to assemble their lunch on the fly between setting out bowls of Cap’n Crunch® and buttered toast.

Think, think – what can you fix them in a hurry that will be satisfying and healthy for their teeth?  Rushing past the dishwasher jammed tight with dirty dishes (darn, it was a dream); you open the fridge door and begin scouring its contents for a quick lunch idea.  Inside you see a couple of days’ worth of leftovers and something that looks like a Jonas Salk experiment in the far right corner.

Trying not to panic, you remind yourself whatever you fix for lunch has to be something that won’t prompt finger pointing and whoops from your kids’ classmates – like when you made grilled cheese sandwiches shaped like hearts and dolphins.

Has the scenario above ever happened to you?

Last year, Agent Straight-Talk looked at some general school lunch recommendations that were good for little teeth.  Today we’re going to provide four specific suggestions that will make your kids smile while helping their smile!

BLTA Wraps Your child will be the envy of their lunch room when they unwrap your delicious bacon-lettuce-tomato-avocado whole wheat wrap.

Prep: In a bowl, mash an avocado with lemon juice and spread on a healthy whole wheat wrap. (We also recommend sun dried tomato wraps!) Top the avocado with crumbled turkey bacon, chopped tomatoes, and sliced romaine lettuce.

Note: Be sure to wrap the lunch wrap in parchment or wax paper to keep it secure. If you don’t, by the time your child sits down to eat their lunch it may resemble the salad bar leftovers at an NFL training camp.

As previously mentioned in this space, the nutrients in avocados have been cited as an excellent preventive tool in fighting oral cancer. Last month, a report in the Cancer Journal noted that combining the lipid found in avocado with certain cancer drug treatments attacks leukemia stem cells.

Lunch Docket: Pita Pockets Hot Pockets® isn’t the only tasty pocket sandwich out there. What if you combined cottage cheese and small servings of cheddar or Swiss cheese with some fresh fruit (like strawberries, pineapple, and kiwi) to some whole wheat Pita bread? Include a bit of lettuce with some chives or onions and maybe a dollop of yogurt, and even the cafeteria staff will ask your child for a small bite.  

Pita pockets are an excellent way to get the recommended amount of fruit, lean meat, or dairy that not only tastes good, but is even better for your oral health. Strawberries are an astringent, which are excellent for teeth because they scrub away tooth stains, and the Vitamin C they contain help clear away plaque. Kiwi contains the highest amount of Vitamin C of any fruit and is great for the gums.

Cheese is a great source of calcium, phosphate, and lactic acid, and yogurt is rich in probiotics (active cultures) and healthy proteins.

Mini-Bagel Club Sandwich A great way to combine a lot of taste in a small package is with a mini-bagel. Anyone can smear cream cheese or butter on a bagel, but how many moms or stay-at-home dads would think of combining apples, Colby cheese, and basil with a little spicy mustard on a multigrain bagel?

We’re talking honor roll ingenuity here! As previously mentioned here, apples are sometimes referred to as an edible toothbrush. The high water content in apples helps dilute the sugar and acid that inhabits our mouth. Apples also stimulate saliva that helps prevent plaque, act as a teeth scrubber when chewing, and aid in preventing bad breath.

Any questions on why including an apple with lunch earns parents an A+ from dentists everywhere?

Chips and Salsa This dish is great for kids that like to eat on the run and run while they eat. Flaxseed tortilla chips are a good source of omega-3 fatty acid, fiber, and antioxidants.  The antioxidants come from lignans, and no plant food contains more lignans than flaxseed. 

Now let’s talk salsa. Fresh salsa made with fresh tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro rates the highest taste for the required prep time than almost anything else on the planet.

The main ingredients in tomato salsa (tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos) contain vitamin C, and salsa made with just 1 cup of diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of chopped onions, and 1 jalapeno pepper contains 43 milligrams of vitamin C.  Vitamin C is great for gums because it prevents the collagen from breaking down.

Add some sour cream or Greek yogurt as a side and “Que comience la fiesta” – let the party begin!

Thanks for reading Agent Straight-Talk. If you’d like to share some of your healthy lunch ideas for kids’ lunches, email them to us at agentstraighttalk@dentalinsurancestore.com, and we’ll see about sharing them with our readers. And if you are looking for a family dental plan that won’t require taking out a second mortgage, click here.

Did we mention that we award extra credit for readers following us on Facebook, Twitter, PinterestGoogle+, and LinkedIn?

Sources: bonappetit.com, recipes.com, neverhomemaker.co, buzzfeed.com
Photo source: rebootwithjoe.com


Copyright 2015, Bloom Insurance Agency, LLC

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