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Chef Zov Offers Healthy Lunchbox Suggestions for Families

Healthy Lunchbox Suggestions

Although it is always easy to toss in a juice box, bag of chips and a pre-boxed lunch for your kids, it is not always best for their growing bodies. So many parents want to pack healthier lunches for the children but are stuck wondering “How?” Chef Zov offers healthy lunchbox suggestions for families to that might be struggling with what to pack in their children’s lunchboxes.

“It’s disturbing to learn about the deplorable eating habits of America’s youth,” said Zov, who conducts cooking classes for young people and ventures into local schools to share her knowledge. “I think if youngsters were more aware of what they’re putting in their bodies, they would re-evaluate their diets. They just need the door opened for them so they can explore the exciting world of food and how simple experimentation can lead to better eating habits.”

POPULAR UNHEALTHY FOODS

Breakfast:
* Toaster pastries
* Sugary cereals
* Frozen waffles
* Muffins

Lunch:
* Hot dogs
* Chicken nuggets
* Processed lunch meats
* Cafeteria lunches
* Pizza Pockets

Snacks:
* Packaged cheese or peanut butter
cracker-sandwiches
* Flavored chips
* Packaged desserts (i.e., Hostess and Little Debbie)
* Candy even in the form of “fruit roll-ups”

ZOV’S HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTIONS

Breakfast:
* Egg, tomatoes & cheese in a pita
* English muffin topped with a sliced hardboiled egg
* Cottage cheese & Mandarin oranges

Lunch:
* Pita stuffed with Avocado chicken salad (Shredded rotisserie chicken, avocado, mayo)
* Peanut Butter & Banana on wheat bread (Optional – drizzle with honey)
* Margherita pizza on English muffin
* Pasta Salad w/ carrots, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, cheese and chicken
* Cup of hummus with veggies

Snacks:
* Mini string cheese
* Hardboiled egg
* Edamame
* Nuts (unsalted)

Chef Zov Karamardian is an award-winning chef and best-selling cookbook author. She is also owner of 5 popular Orange County restaurants.

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