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Back to school means back to packing lunches in homes across the country. Pack healthy, nutritious lunches your kids will love with recipes from GrainsforYourBrain.org, the Grain Foods Foundation's website.

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Send your tots, 'tweens and teens back to school with healthy lunches that will help them stay focused in school. At the Grain Foods Foundation’s website, there are recipes for easy and wholesome sandwiches, salads and snacks that will make opening up a brown bag lunch something to look forward to again for kids of all ages, including mom and dad.

Here are a few recipes to get you back into the brown bag routine:

Grilled Chicken Mojito Sandwich

2 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 tsp grated lime peel
1/2 tsp minced serrano chili
1/4 tsp sugar
1 small white onion
1 6-oz boneless chicken breast
2 lettuce leaves
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
4 slices Roman Meal bread

Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high.
Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, chopped mint, grated lime peel, chilies and sugar together in small bowl.
Cut onion into ¼-inch thick slices. Grill chicken breast, onion slices and bread over medium-high heat until desired degree of doneness; remove from grill.
Spread 2 slices of bread with mayonnaise mixture, dividing evenly. Slice chicken breast and place on top of mayonnaise mixture along with mint leaves, grilled onion slices and lettuce. Top with remaining 2 bread slices, creating 2 sandwiches.

BALCMT Sandwich

2 slices of Franz Cannon Beach Milk & Honey Bread, toasted
4 slices maple bacon, fried
4 slices of tomato
1-2 leaves of lettuce
1/2 avocado, thickly sliced
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 tablespoon of adobo sauce, more or less to taste
1 teaspoon lime juice
salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

To create the chipotle mayonnaise sauce, add the mayo, adobo sauce and lime juice into a food processor or small bowl.
Mix and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add a layer of sauce to the bottom slice of bread and top with the lettuce, tomato, avocado, cooked bacon and other slice of toasted bread. Enjoy!

Raisin Apple Mini Pizzas

2 baked mini pizza crusts
3 tablespoons apricot spreadable fruit or preserves
1/2 cup finely chopped apple
1/2 cup California raisins
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Heat toaster oven or regular oven to 375 F.
Place pizza crusts on small tray for toaster oven.
Spread with spreadable fruit.
Sprinkle with apples, raisins and cheese.
Bake at 375 F for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.
Cut each into 4 slices and serve or pack to enjoy at lunchtime.

Some healthy snack choices for your child's lunch include: fresh fruit, carrot and celery sticks, cheese slices, peanut butter and crackers, sliced red and green peppers, and yogurt cups.

Let your child shop with you for lunch and snack foods. Prepare lunches together at night or in the morning. Kids are more likely to eat lunches they help plan and prepare.

Eating a healthy lunch will help your child stay focused at school all day. Visit GrainforYourBrain.org for more simple, nutritious lunch recipes the whole family will enjoy.

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