Healthy, tasty kids’ lunches made easy

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Amer­i­can Di­etetic As­so­ci­a­tion: Healthy Child: www.healthy­

School Nutrition As­so­ci­a­tion:­nu­tri­ and

United States Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture:

www.MyPyra­ eat­ing in front of his class­mates.

“He’s very shy, and he had to open many bags and didn’t want to ask for help open­ing things,” she said. “Shish kabobs are so easy for him be­cause it’s all in one.”

Hanks cuts one skewer in half to form two shish kabobs and then cuts off the sharp end.

“I make one healthy one with lunch meat, cheese and fruit, and an­other dessert one with marsh­mal­lows and fruit snacks,” Hanks said.

Of­ten Hanks will use turkey, cheese blocks, and grapes or ap­ple. For va­ri­ety, she sub­sti­tutes hot-dog pieces or grilled chicken for the lunch meat or swaps veg­eta­bles like cu­cum­bers, broccoli or cauliflowe­r for the fruit. The unique lunch has turned heads in the Stephen Bell Ele­men­tary cafe­te­ria — but Tris­tan doesn’t seem to mind.

“He likes it be­cause it gets a lot of at­ten­tion at school, es­pe­cially when he brings out the dessert one. It’s just fun,” Hanks said.

Kirsty Wertz, 36, said she taught her sons Kyle, 9, and Ethan, 7, to pack their lunch in the first grade as part of their af­ter-school rou­tine. Both at­tend Hunter Ele­men­tary School in Franklin.

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