“Around the Southern Table” Author Shares Her Super Secrets for Making Lunch Time Fun for Kids
Lunchtime is an important part of the school day for kids. It’s when they are getting the fuel from food necessary to finishing their studies. It’s also a time when social interaction has kids making friends and often sharing their lunches. Just in time for back-to-school season, we have one of the top cooking experts in the country to provide lunchtime inspiration for parents. Rebecca Lang – author of “Around the Southern Table, Coming Home to Comforting Meals and Treasured Memories” – will explain how to provide creative lunches that will put a smile on the face of your family. Rebecca will provide timely suggestions that will turn lunchtime into a truly fun-time for your family!
TASTY LUNCHTIME TIPS FROM A SUPER CHEF & MOM:
- YUMMY YOGURT – A healthier alternative that has become
- CHEESE PLEASE – New lunchtime packaging for a healthier alternative
- SWEET START – Alternatives to sugar and carbs provide fast energy
- CREATE FUN – Turning the PB&J into a lunchtime masterpiece
ABOUT: Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor, and a ninth-generation Southerner. She is author of Southern Living’s Around the Southern Table, Quick-Fix Southern, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, and Southern Entertaining for a New Generation. She has appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend, WGN America’s Midday News, and numerous regional and local networks. Rebecca and her cooking have been featured in more than 50 nationally televised Southern Living food segments and in publications such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, FoxNews.com, Glamour and Fitness magazines. She serves as a contributing editor for Southern Living and MyRecipes.com, teaches cooking classes across America, and writes a blog at www.rebeccalangcooks.com that has been featured on the James Beard Foundation Blog, Delights and Prejudices, and noted in Food News Journal’s Best of the Blogs.
LUNCHBOX FAVORITES THAT WILL HAVE YOUR FAMILY SMILING
I have a great idea for you. This back to school recipe using Yoplait Original is a good source of protein, perfect for lunch boxes or after school, and will keep your kids fueled all day long. It’s called Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip and it’s delicious. Yoplait original french vanilla, peanut butter powder and an apple. Kids will love it. You can find more snack hacks at Yoplait.com. With 6 grams of protein per serving, Yoplait Original is a great tasting back to school snack your kids will love.
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Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip Recipe
- 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® Original yogurt French vanilla
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
- 1 medium apple, cored and sliced
Directions: Eat a tablespoon or two of yogurt out of the yogurt cup. Stir peanut butter in with a fork until smooth. Serve with apple slices for dipping.
FUN PEANUT BUTTER RECIPES
These are Peanut Butter Cookies and this is a Peanut Butter Smoothie. How yummy does that sound? Both are made with peanut butter powder! With all the protein and fiber but 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter, the powder is a great stir-in to boost the nutrition and flavor of your favorite yogurt for lunch or to boost your favorite recipe!
Whether you’re looking for a healthy, quick and delicious lunchbox makeover for your child’s school lunch or your own on-the-go lunch, the new peanut powder will be your new friend!
Peanut butter powder is also a great choice to add protein and flavor to smoothies forbreakfast and after-school snacks!
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- 1 cup peanut butter powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup peanut powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer until combined into a stiff dough. Scoop dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon scoops and roll into a ball. Place balls on a cookie sheet spaced about 2 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie slightly and make the traditional peanut butter cookie mark. Bake 10 minutes. Allow to cool a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container after cookies are completely cooled.
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup peanut butter powder
- 1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
Directions: Blend together until banana chunks are blended.
Also you can add frozen strawberries for a PB&J favlor. You can also add 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal for a more filling smoothie with extra fiber. Yum!
LUNCHBOX DRINKS THAT YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE
I always look at the labels before purchasing drinks for my kids. I recently discovered Fruit Shoot, which is a refreshing fruit juice drink made with real juice from concentrate and with no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup, it is a lunchbox “must-have” for this back to school season. Also, you know kids needs to put down the technology sometimes, and really get outside and play – like we did when we were kids. Fruit Shoot is encouraging kids to enjoy a fun-filled hour of play after school.
THE BEST WAYS TO INTRODUCE SOME DAIRY OPTIONS TO THEIR LUNCHBOXES
Arla cheese slices and cream cheese are perfect additions to every lunchbox. Their cheese slices come in flavors that kids will love, and are perfect on a sandwich, in a turkey and cheese rollup or even cut into fourths along with ham and crackers. Plus, Arla cream cheese makes for a perfect fruit or veggie dip, and works as a great mayo substitute on a deli sandwich.
The thing I love about Arla, and what I think parents everywhere will adore, is that the sliced cheese and cream cheese have no added hormones, preservatives or artificial flavors and are crafted with quality, natural ingredients. And what’s even better is that their ingredient lists are super short, Arla Original cream cheese has just four ingredients, that’s less than half the number of ingredients in the original flavor of other leading cream cheeses. These are truly great tasting products that the entire family will love.
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