Safe School Lunches

Posted on May 31, 2011 by

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The weather is warming up on the East Coast and that means warmer classrooms for kids.   If you make a lunch for your child, you need to worry about how warm conditions will affect their food.  Here are US Food Safety’s top tips for safe school lunches:

1) Invest in an insulated bag.

2) Keep food cool with re-freezable ice or gel packs.

3) Avoid prepared salads, like tuna and chicken that contain mayonnaise.

4) Pack foods like whole fruit, chips, crackers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that will keep for hours without refrigeration.

5) Wash out reusable lunch bags daily as bacteria can grow unnoticed.

If your school is peanut-free consider using a soy  nut product like WowButter, NoNuts, SoyNutButter or Sunbutter.  Sunbutter actually comes in convenient 1 ounce packages that can be used for dipping fruits and veggies or spread on crackers.