Do you pride yourself on toting the best-looking lunch to your office? Or do your kids’ friends swoon over their lunchbox treasures? We’re looking for the healthiest, tastiest lunches in America, and one photo and a description to prove it.
From now until May 24th, enter your original photo and description in one of 2 categories: Lunchbox for Kids or Office Brown-Bag Lunch. We ask that your lunch follow the ChooseMyPlate.gov guidelines, which means balanced with half the meal made up of fruit and veggies, whole grains when possible, and lean protein.
Enter now and browse the competition. The top 10 finalists will win a $100 gift card, and winners in 2 categories will be featured in the September issue of Cooking Light!
Here are some favorites so far:
“My son, Mateo, age 8, loves this “tamagoyaki” (folded Japanese omelette) with eggs from our backyard chickens. It only takes a few minutes to cook in the morning. It’s accompanied by Japanese rice crackers (“nori maki arare”), Middle Eastern flatbread along with strawberries, cantaloupe, and carrot slices.”
“A lunch in honor of Read Across America Day. This lunch includes a natural peanut butter sandwich on Lavash bread, hard boiled egg, strawberries/blueberries, peas, tomatoes, string cheese, almonds, and alphabet cookies.”
“Big chunks of crunchy celery, red pepper, and onion mixed with creamy avocado in place of mayonnaise, make this Tuna salad healthy and filling for your long day at work! Pair with whole-wheat crackers or pita, my personal favorite is whole wheat Triscuits! A side of blueberries and strawberries finish up this healthy lunch and add a healthy, sweet ending.”
“Taco night leftovers turned into a salad for lunch! Organic romaine lettuce and cherry tomatoes, a small serving of shredded cheese, refried beans (nothing else added – just beans!) and meatless “beef” crumbles. A portion-controlled amount of whole grain corn chips to scoop up some of the salad (YUM!) and some dried orange slices and roasted coconut chips for dessert. The silicone cup holding the dessert helps fill the space to make a smaller amount of treat look more satisfying. Same deal with the cheese. A smaller container looks full, so it looks like more!”