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Bagged Lunch Ideas That Are Anything but Boring

January 29, 2015 6:01 pm

Make your kids’ lunchtime the highlight of their day with these fun, creative bagged lunch ideas that are a world away from the usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

  1. Hard-boiled eggs. Most kids love eating scrambled eggs and “dippy” eggs for breakfast, but this protein-packed food is also a great portable idea for lunch. Store hard-boiled eggs in a plastic container or at the top of a lunch bag.
  2. Pizza wrap sandwiches. If your child loves pizza, grill some cheese, sauce, and pepperoni inside of a whole wheat tortilla to create a lunch food that’s a bit more portable than the usual slice.
  3. Tomato soup and grilled cheese. This kid-friendly combination doesn’t seem like it would be easy to take in a lunch box, but it can be with the right supplies. Invest in an insulated plastic soup container and a sturdy sandwich container and surprise your child with his or her favorite dinner – for lunch!
  4. Snack lunch. Turn a sack lunch into a “snack” lunch in a healthy way. Add wheat crackers, low fat cheeses, lean lunchmeat, and protein-packed peanut butter, and then let your child top the crackers however he or she likes.

How to Make a Brown-Bag Lunch You'll Actually Want to Eat [WebMD]
26 Brown Bag Lunch Ideas for Kids [About Food]
Sack Lunch Ideas [Pinterest]

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Design Your Own Pizza Pies at Pizzahh in Berkeley

January 21, 2015 5:01 pm

Pizzahh offers Italian pizza pies to take out or eat in. In addition to an array of fresh toppings, Pizzahh offers two combo pizza specials each day. However, all pizzas measure in at 11 inches and are made in the neo-Italian style. Here, the dough is thin-crust, crunchy on the outside with just a hint of pillowy softness on the inside.

If you want to design your own pie, choose from a list of toppings that includes arugula, fresh basil, red onion, peppadews, salami, olives, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, pesto, mushrooms, house-made meatballs, walnuts, ricotta cheese, goat cheese, balsamic glaze, and roasted Yukon gold potatoes. If you like sausage on your pie, choose from Calabrese sausage, sweet Italian sausage, mango habanero sausage, and Louisiana hot sausage.

Pizzahh is open every day.

2503 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 843-1241

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Spice Up Your Diet With These DASH Recipes

January 14, 2015 5:01 pm

Any dieter will agree that healthy foods aren’t always the most exciting. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (or DASH) eating plan aims to incorporate convenient, tasty meals into your healthy diet, using only accessible ingredients that you likely have around the house. This NIH website offers a number of DASH-friendly recipes for every day of the week.

Here are three recipes you'll find there:

Chicken Salad
Just like the summer picnic favorite, this zesty chicken salad can be spread on sandwiches or placed on a bed of lettuce. Unlike its fattening counterpart, DASH’s chicken salad recipe contains less than 200 calories.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce
Whether you follow a meat-free diet or not, this delicious spaghetti sauce tastes great over pastas or on other Italian dishes. It also contains only 479 mg of sodium per serving, significantly less than other sauces.

Chicken and Spanish Rice
A traditional dish with a zesty kick of flavor, this Spanish rice recipe contains much less sodium than other versions. By substituting brown rice for regular white rice and adding a variety of vitamin-rich vegetables, this fast and easy recipe can help you stay on track with healthy eating as well.

To find the full week’s worth of DASH recipes, visit the NIH website here.

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