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Page 8 The Region News Wednesday, August 24, 2016 A+ lunchbox solutions for balanced back-to-school meals (BPT) Heading back to school means a ramp up in rou- tine for lots of families. One of the best ways to not only sup- port their learning, but also show kids you care - even when you're not there - is to pack a wholesome, balanced lunch. These tips and tricks will help any parent whip up something tasty in mere minutes so kids can stay fueled throughout the day. Plus. with a few touches of creativity, morn and dad can look forward to the return of empty lunch boxes because their kids won't be able to resist gob- bling up the goodies inside. School day smoothies Smoothies are a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your child's diet, plus it's a special treat that will have them grinning ear to ear when they open their lunch box. The trick is to make smoothies ahead of time then freeze them in silicon or insulated contain- ers. Add them to a lunchbox in the morning and by lunchtime it will thaw enough to enjoy. Bonus: it keep will other foods cool so there's no need to add a freezer pack. DIY shape sandwiches Sandwiches are an easy go- to that kids love, and with a few simple switches, you can create a more nutritious option that's also fun to eat. Start by swap- ping traditional white bread for Nature's Harvest bread. With 8 grams or more of whole grains per serving in every delicious variety, Nature's Harvest bread packs a powerful punch in every bite. For example, use Honey Wheat or Butterwheat to create your child's favorite sandwich. Then use a cookie cutter to cre- ate an unexpected shape. It's a fun and delicious way to get whole grains in their diet and meet the 32-48 grams of whole grains recommended per day. Visit Entenmann's YouTube page to check out these cute DIY's. Fun fruit faces Want to get a chuckle out of your child on a tough Monday? Cheer them up during test day? Encourage them to eat more fresh foods? Fun fruit faces should do the trick. Grab any fruit with a thick impermeable skin such as bananas or oranges and then use a nontoxic marker to make a face. A few fun squig- gles and you have a silly fruit friend that will make lunchtime special. Perfectly portable treats If your child is asking for a tasty treat, but you're low on time and energy, give them something they'll love without spending any time in the kitchen when you pack Entenmann's Little Bites snacks. These de- licious prepackaged, portable snacks include soft and moist flavors like Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Muffins~ Made with real ingredients, these A+ lunch- box solutions for balanced back- to-school meals will leave kids smiling at lunch or after school. The following businesses and individuals support the Mt. Zion Pony Express Days Scott State Bank 1120 N. State Highway 121 Mt. Zion 864-3321 Member FDIC 1405 Village Parkway Mt Zion 217) 864-1311 VILLAGE OF Don's Barber Shop 110 North Dr, Mt. Zion 864-4940 Specializing in boys' and mens' traditional cuts and styles Hours Mon Closed Tues-Fri 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ',at 8:00 a.m.-3:30 ERO| A RT CENTER 135 North Henderson Mt. Zion 864-5111 [] [] [] [] [] I J.L. Forehand Siding, Windows and Roofing 2375 East Mound Road Decatur, IL 62526 (217) 875-9948 Good Products! Good Work! Good Prices! Twincredibles Sweets Shoppe Where Sweet Things Happen 125 E. Main Street Dalton City, IL 61925 217-874-2374