Moms and dads, you know the drill: It's back-to-school time, and that means packing healthy lunches that your kids will actually want to eat—all before dashing out the door yourself. Here's one quick tip: Leave the deli slices, cheese, milk, and other animal foods on the supermarket shelf, and replace them with good-for-you vegetarian alternatives, such as soy milk and mock meats. Kids raised on a vegetarian diet have a tremendous advantage: a lower risk of the obesity, cancer, heart disease, and other health problems that will plague their meat-eating peers as they grow older.Another tip: Think outside the (lunch)box. We love PB&J, but many other options are just as easy—and a welcome change. With the help of Jennifer McCann, who runs the Vegan Lunch Box blog, we put together tasty lunchtime treats that your kids are sure to enjoy. Try bagels with Tofutti's Better Than Cream Cheese, mini English-muffin pizzas, Tuno salad, a thermos packed with veggie beans and franks, or heat-and-eat vegetarian chili. With a little imagination, it's easy to pack a lunch that your kids will love! Here are a few of our favorite ideas to get you started.
Don't forget to include a sweet treat, healthy drink, and afternoon snack.
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