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A Lunch To Grow On

Our lazy summer days are coming to an end, and school is around the corner. Cafeteria food might taste good, but those steak fingers and fries do not have much nutritional values. The rate of obesity in our country is on the rise, with bad eating habits starting in grade school. For a more nutritious lunch, here are a few healthy, tasty on-the-go lunch options.

1. Instead of having the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, try some other nut butter like almond, cashew and macadamia. Not only are these delicious options, they are also filled with great nutrients.

2. You can get a quick fix pasta salad with pasta seasoned with vinaigrette, mayonnaise or your favorite dressing. It's your choice. Try Rooster's/Basil's owner Nathan Glenn's recipe, below.

3. Energy bars are convenient and filled with nutrients.

4. Fruit salad makes a colorful and appetizing lunch.

5. A delectable meal can be made out of a slice of your favorite bread topped with tomato and some cheese. Try the vegan recipe below; it's courtesy of Domini Bradford, High Noon Café manager.

6. Water! Water! Water! It's the best indulgence we can give our bodies. However, we tend to forget about this simple ingredient and trade it for sugar-loaded sodas. Cafeteria milk is great, too, but don't forget to drink water.

7. If you want a little bit of flavor, pack some natural fruit juices like Pom Wonderful. They are delicious and filled with vitamins and antioxidants.

8. Fresh smoothies made with yogurt and fruits complement any lunch.

9. Toss some lettuce with cherry tomatoes, almond, grated cheese and season with vinaigrette for a delicious salad.

Engage your children in the activity. You could take them along on your weekly grocery shopping and let them choose their treats. Let your creativity flow and put in your own personal spins to the usual suspects down the lunch aisle. Your kids will relish in the color, and you will be assured that they are getting the appropriate nutrients. And for those who are young at heart, nobody said that you had to be 5 in order to enjoy a fun lunch box. Bon appetit!

Vegan Pimento Cheese
courtesy of Domini Bradford, High Noon Café Manager

8 oz. tempeh
1/2 cup of roasted red bell peppers
1/8 cup of sweet miso
1/4 lbs. of tofu
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. hot sauce, or to taste
A dash of salt and pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup of vegan mayonnaise
1/2 cup of vegan shredded cheddar cheese
Boil tempeh for 30 minutes Drain and cool. Mince bell peppers. Crumble tofu. Mix everything in a bowl. Excellent when served on bread with tomato slice.

Rotini Pasta Salad
courtesy of Nathan Glenn, Basil's and Rooster's owner

1 lb. of tri-color rotini pasta
1 cup of vinaigrette dressing
2 oz. of grated parmesan cheese
6 romano tomatoes
1 cup of black olive
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook pasta until desired tenderness. Rinse with cold water and drain. Thinly slice the romano tomatoes. Mix together all ingredients. Serve.

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