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This is one of my favorite times of year, the weather is cooling off, the garden is overflowing with tomatoes and the kids are dusting off backpacks in anticipation of school starting. Even our little ones have big transitions at this time of year, with beginning preschool or switching to new daycare.
For many of us it also means getting back to the morning ritual of packing lunches. Packed lunches, although time-consuming, can offer parents a secret defense against the colds and viruses that also make reappearance this time of year. Packed lunches can include immune-boosting foods and tricks to help your child’s immunity fight off those invading viruses.
Four Rules for Immune-Powering lunches for preschool (or the office):
Super Food Lunch Ideas:
Apple slices with Cinnamon (Cinnamon is a super food and keeps the apples from browning)
Cucumbers with fresh or dried mint
Jicama slices with lime and cilantro
Avocado slices on sandwiches
Don’t forget to add an ice pack to prevent spoilage!
About the Author: Dr. Emia Oppenheim aka “Mama Mia” is a blogger, mother of three and registered, licensed dietitian with a PhD in nutrition. With her background she is uniquely able to translate the world of nutrition research into usable, understandable information for families to apply to their everyday lives and menus.
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