Student participation during school lunch has been a main focus in the K-12 dining world. School food directors are always looking for new ways to entice students to want to try new foods. The grab-and-go snack packs have caught attraction and have become a recent trend.
The concept not only creates an easy, healthy option for students, it also creates a reimbursement meal with little prep work. All prep work can be done each morning in the matter of minutes while eliminating the mess of self-serving and additional dishes. Simply fill an eco-friendly box with healthy snack options and display them for the students to grab while walking through the line.
Getting Students to Try New Foods During School Lunch
Protein packs are a great way for kids to get a boost of energy, while keeping kids fuller for longer. But getting kids to be interested in high protein snacks or other healthy options can be a challenge. To help get the students excited about trying new, healthier options, try pairing your favorite hummus recipe with carrots, snap peas, pretzels, pita chips or celery. You can also add eggs, cottage cheese or even cheese cubes to your protein packs. The easy grab-and-go design resembles lunch packs kids love to get from the grocery, which also makes them more interesting. You could also use colorful, interactive signage to get students’ attention.
A Hummus How-To
During the School Nutrition Association’s National School Lunch Week, we’re looking forward to seeing schools share their “recipes for success.” Christine Clarahan MS, SNS, RDN; director of food and nutrition services at School City of Hammond, shared with us her recipe. Christine uses the hummus recipe below in their protein packs, along with a variety of vegetables and pita chips. Follow @hubert_co and @schoollunch on Twitter for more ideas like this.
2 cups garbanzo beans ((chickpeas) cooked)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon sesame tahini (sesame paste) or substitute peanut butter for a sweet taste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1. Mash the garbanzo beans until smooth (if you have a blender, put the beans and lemon juice into it and blend).
2. Add the garlic, lemon juice, tahini and oil. Mix well.
Grab-and-Go Packaging for Protein Packs
LIMITED TIME OFFER Stock up on these containers for National School Lunch Week and save 50% off list price. Call or order online with code NSLW17 through Oct. 20, 2017. Discount applies to these items, only:
Greenware® On-The-Go Containers
Hubert has a huge selection of items to package or present your school lunch in the most appealing way. If you don’t see what you need, please contact us for more ideas and solutions.