Kelly & Michael: White Bread Vs. Whole Grain
Registered dietitian and author of The Super Foods Rx Diet Wendy Bazilian came by Live! to talk about ways to make school lunches more healthy. Wendy Bazilian’s first tip was switching out the white bread for whole grain. Wendy Bazilian said that this is the single-most important change to make for school lunches. White bread doesn’t have fiber and it has added sugar.
She also said if your child doesn’t like crusts, there’s no problem. There’s whole grain pitas and wraps, too. All you have to do is look for the word “whole” in the ingredients. Whole grain, whole rye, whole wheat, and whole oats. She said there’s gluten-free alternatives, too. Just make sure that first word is “whole”.
Live: Sandwich Ingredient Changes
Wendy Bazilian also recommended switching mayo for avocado. You can also switch mayo out for Greek yogurt. But most importantly, make sure your lunch meats have no added nitrates. Get some meat from the deli counter and make sure from them that the deli meats have no nitrates.
Kelly & Michael: Healthy Sandwich Ingredients
Then Wendy Bazilain went off the deep end, suggesting sandwich ingredients I highly doubt any kid would eat. First we have a banana and peanut butter sandwich…inside a whole grain wrap. That one was iffy, but maybe a kid would like it. Be careful, though, because some schools don’t allow any nuts inside at all. Wendy said you could substitute it for sunflower seed butter. What kid would eat that, I ask you?
But here’s where things get crazy. Wendy Bazilian had a mango, coconut, and ricotta sandwich in a whole grain wrap. Who is this child? The president’s kid? I’m pretty sure even they wouldn’t touch that sandwich. But if you can get your kid to eat it, it’s low in calories and high in protein.
Live: Healthy Pasta
Wendy Bazilian recommended making a pasta for kids. First, she had a BLT pasta with turkey bacon, tomato, and a little bit of spinach with rigatoni. She also recommended an Asian-style dish with soba noodles, peas, and chicken. For the last dish, she had a special pair of chopsticks for kids that had a device on the end that made them really easy to use. However, when Michael tried them, he couldn’t manage it.
Kelly & Michael: Vegetable Dips
Okay, granted, I haven’t been a kid for a long time, but these vegetable dips seemed pretty suspect as well. Wendy Bazillian had a guacamole dip that was served with snap peas, carrots, and jicama. Jicima? I have never in my life heard of jicima, let alone chowed down on it. No kid’s going to be trying to eat some jicima.
Live: Healthy Chips
Wendy also had some potato chips that Kelly said “duped” her. There’s fried vegetables made with fried potato flour, which are a healthy alternative. She also recommended baked tortilla chips, lentil flour chips, whole black bean chips, and kale chips.
Kelly & Michael: Healthy Lunches
Wendy recommended a kids’ Cobb salad instead of a Lunchable. She said you could also put separate foods into little paper baking cups. This is great for small children that don’t like their foods to touch each other.
There’s also a sandwich made without bread. Instead of bread, use apple, with a little sunflower seed butter and some nut mix.
Live: Healthy Desserts
Wendy Bazilian said we should lose the candies and cookies as snacks for our kids. She recommended donating those to our servicemen and women instead.
Make a homemade cookie, so you’re in control of the ingredients. Hide them in the freezer and label them Beef Stroganoff or something that they won’t open, and take them out a little bit at a time for the lunches.
Kelly & Michael: Healthy Drinks
Wendy Bazilian recommended sending kids with coconut water, milk, and water with a splash of 100 percent juice. I’m not sure if a kid would drink coconut water, but the rest sounds pretty good.