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MAKE LUNCHES KIDS WON'T BEEF ABOUT

 CLEVELAND, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Packing a school lunch for your children is challenging: finding something they will enjoy eating and that is nutritious, as well.
 "To help your child adapt to a more nutritious diet, consider color, texture and flavor of the foods you pack," says Kathy Schupp, a pediatric dietitian at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. "A colorful lunch adds visual appeal, while a variety of textures and flavors are palate pleasers."
 Popcorn, pretzels and rice cakes are good substitutes for chips, and celery sticks with peanut butter and cheese sticks can be used in place of candy bars.
 "The food pyramid, which replaces the four food groups, encourages the use of grains, fruits and vegetables, while limiting high sugar and fat foods," she says.
 "Instead of giving your children juice drinks and pop, give them 100 percent fruit juice and skim or 2 percent milk. In place of cupcakes, fruit pies and pudding for dessert, try fresh fruits, low fat muffins and yogurt. Limit high fat choices such as bologna and salami. Use turkey, tuna and roast beef."
 To make sandwiches more interesting, she suggests using pita bread or bread cut into shapes, such as hearts or faces.
 Schupp recommends allowing children to make some of their own food choices and letting them help pack their lunches. Children are more apt to eat something, even if it is nutritious, if they have chosen it themselves.
 An example of a lunch for those who are becoming bored with sandwiches is: skim milk, graham crackers with peanut butter, carrots and celery sticks, pretzels or popcorn and fruit or fruit juice, says Schupp. Variety is necessary to keep children interested in nutritious lunches.
 "Planning ahead is important so that nutritious foods are available," Schupp says. "Above all, consider food safety. An ice pack and/or insulated bag should be used to keep cold foods cold and prevent food poisoning."
 The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is a multispecialty academic medical center providing state-of-the-art care while advancing the frontiers of medicine. Since its founding in 1921, the integration of clinical and hospital care with research and education in a private, non-profit group practice has distinguished the Cleveland Clinic in American medicine. Today at the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida, nearly 600 full-time salaried physicians represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. Every year the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida provide for more than 780,000 outpatient visits and 32,000 hospital admissions from throughout the United States and over 80 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Elaine DeRosa of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 216-444-8927/


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