Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Augusta, GA – Now that school is back in session, many parents are packing lunches, but choices like ham and cheese can be full of calories.

WJBF News Channel 6’s Deon Guillory talked with Health and Wellness Coach Anna Aligood about some healthy alternatives that won’t break the bank.


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Mini English Muffin Pizzas

Serves 1


  • 1 toasted open-faced whole wheat or multi-grain English Muffin

I eat light multi-grain.

  • ½ cup homemade pasta sauce

There are a lot of quick and easy recipes out there. If you must use store-bought sauce, watch out for sodium and sugar. The recommended daily allotment for sodium for most children is about 1,500 milligrams. The recommended daily allotment for sugar for children ages 1-4 is no more than 25 grams, and the recommended daily allotment for children and adults age 4 and older is no more than 50 grams. A serving of red sauces is typically ½ cup, but always check that first when comparing labels.

  • 2 tbsp part-skim reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Additional toppings (optional):


  • 2 pinches of bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pinches of mushrooms, diced


  • 2 tbsp lean ground turkey (93 percent lean/7 percent fat), cooked, one on each half
  • 2 tbsp reduced-sodium/nitrate-free ham, diced


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray it with oil. Slice the English Muffin in half, and place it crust side down on the baking sheet. Bake or toast until toasted (about 10 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, place in container.
  2. Package the sauce, cheese and additional toppings separately, and the rest is up to your child!


For a closer look at this and other healthy food ideas, go to Anna’s blog

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