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A healthy meal starts with more veggies and fruits, smaller portions of grains and protein, and our favorite food group, dairy.  Yet getting our kids to eat in balanced lunches can be a herculean task. These quick and easy short cuts keep things simple for you, and yummy for your little ones!

Style It
Inspire your kid’s appetite with lunch that looks fun! Try taking a cookie cutter to a turkey sandwich, or use an ice cream scooper to make individual servings of watermelon and voila! Instant, edible fun.

Mix it up
To keep things interesting, try creating your own mixture of unsalted nuts, dried fruit and whole wheat pretzels for a tasty blend of protein, fruit and grains.  Mixing it up also applies to trying new foods altogether. Your kid might LOVE kale, but you’ll never know until you try!!

Individualize
Single servings of Tillamook Yogurt or Cheese are a great way to include dairy (and protein!) in your child’s snacks and lunches.  Plus, they take zero prep time, which means you have time to for coffee before the morning bell rings.

Dare to Pair
Pairing isn’t just for wine and cheese! For little one’s lunches, couple foods from different groups that go well together to create an even better taste, like sliced fruit or berries with Tillamook Yogurt. Or instead of the usual sandwich routine, try an open-faced tomato, basil, and cheese on whole wheat bun.

What’s your best Tillamama tip to make sure your little ones get a complete meal both at home and at school?

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