TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Health experts say packing a healthy lunch can boost a student's performance.
We spoke to a registered dietician to find out just what makes up a healthy meal?
Tracy Arini says parents should pack lunches around protein, whole grain and fruits and vegetables.
Foods like whole grain pasta, sun dried tomatoes, and tuna are good options.
Arini says its important to be creative while planning meals.
"We gravitate towards the standard peanut butter and jelly and that can be somewhat appropriate particularly if they use whole grain bread, but I do recommend natural nut butters and pair it up with maybe baked chips as opposed to the fried chips. You can even make homemade sweet potato chips which can be pretty nutritious,” Arini said.
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Sassy Sweet Potato Chips
Serving size: about ½ cup or 1/10th of the recipe
Recipe makes about 10 servings. Chili powder and cumin compliment the sweetness of these chips.
4 medium (approximately 5 oz each) sweet potatoes
4 tsp corn oil
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Peel sweet potatoes, slice into 1/8 inch-thick slices, then place in a bowl or baking pan.
2. Combine oil and seasonings in a small bowl. Drizzle over potatoes, then toss to coat potato slices well.
3. Place potato slices in a single layer on a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn chips over and bake an additional 30 minutes, turning chips every 10 minutes. To prevent heat loss, remove pan from oven and close over door when turning chips. Watch closely during last 5 minutes of baking to prevent burning – you may need to remove smaller chips early.
4. Transfer chips to a wire rack to cool.
*This recipe is found in “Diabetes Meals on $7 a Day-or Less” by Patti B. Geil, CD, MS, FADA and Tami A. Ross, RD, LD, CDE.
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