FOOD POWER on the GO….
Ironwood Tree Experience emphasizes Youth Wellness and Sustainability Practices: please consider healthy, whole foods for lunch and snack choices.
Avoid packaged items, instead choose reusable containers that can be used each and every week. The items below can be carried in a reusable or brown paper bag or in a soft lunch bag that can keep items cool.
Whole foods verses processed food have higher nutritional content and the an even release of energy to sustain young bodies over extended periods of activity. Whole foods vs processed foods are much better at preventing “crashing” from too much sugar carbohydrates.
See below for some suggestions
- Sandwiches with deli meats are ok if kept out of direct sun and eaten within 4 hours.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly/Honey Sandwiches are preferable since spoilage is not a concern. Whole grain breads deliver more nutrients and fiber needed for continuous activity.
- Leftovers from dinner can be carried in a small, hard, sealable container: Pizza, Soup (in a thermos), Pasta, etc.
Vegetable Snacks in reusable baggie or container
- Carrot or Celery Sticks
- Edamame (Green Soy Beans) or Green Beans
- Red, Green, or Orange Bell Pepper Slices
- Pickles or Cucumber Spears
- Jicama Slices
- Broccoli or Cauliflower Florets
- Add peanut butter or spices to your chosen vegetable
Protein Snacks in reusable baggie or container
- Dry roasted or raw, nuts or seeds: pecans, cashews, pistachios, peanuts, sunflower seeds
- Peanut Butter
- Hard Boiled Eggs
Fruit Snacks in reusable baggie or container
- Fruits: fruit will be stored in backpacks so use small, hard containers for “soft” fruit.
- Berries, Dates, Grapes, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Nectarines, Pineapples, Avocados, sliced Tomatoes, etc.
- Other durable fruits can be put right into your pack: Apples, Oranges, Grapefruit, Pomegranates
- Dry Fruit: Raisins, Cranberries, Mango Slices, Banana Slices, Pineapple Slices, Dates, etc.
Snacks in reusable baggie or container
- Rice Cakes
Dairy in reusable baggie or container
- Sliced Cheese
Other in reusable baggie or container
- Potato Chips or Corn Chips
Drinks: ITE supplies water and water bottles for all kids. We do not advise sports drinks, energy drinks or juices. These drinks replenish energy reserves after strenuous, long term activity but are often used daily and as a sugary treat that adds unneeded calories and damages kidney function. Kids will not be over-exerted during EcoPrograms therefore water, rest and quality foods are used for replenishment.