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DATE:
 August 15, 2006
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski
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TOPS MARKETS THINKS OUTSIDE THE LUNCHBOX WITH SAFE AND HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS
TOPS MARKETS THINKS OUTSIDE THE LUNCHBOX WITH SAFE AND HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS

Add naturals and organics to lunchtime with Nature's Promise products

Williamsville, NY It's back to school time again and that means, among other things, the daily ritual of making school lunches. Not only are parents faced with providing the right foods that will be eaten, they also need to keep some tips in mind to ensure safety and healthiness at the lunch table. TOPS Markets wants to make the back to school ritual a little easier for parents with a few lunchbox tips. Food safety in the lunchbox One of the most important things to remember is to keep your child's lunch cold until lunchtime. While sending them off to school with a refrigerator strapped to their back is not the most ideal method, there are a number of insulated lunchboxes and bags available in stores today, including at your local TOPS. In addition, be sure to throw in a freezer pack to ensure coolness. Another great way to keep things cool is to put your child's drink in the freezer the night before and pack the drink frozen. It will thaw throughout the day and stay refreshing to quench your child's thirst at the lunch table.

We all know properly washing hands is the best way to cut down on germs. For those kids who may not be soap connoisseurs, consider throwing in a couple of pre-moistened antibacterial wipes - for both before and after lunch. And when your child brings his or her lunchbox home, be sure to wash it out regularly and thoroughly to kill any bacteria that may be lurking. Quick tips to make lunch a healthy one While most kids hope their lunch is filled with sugary goodness, there are a number of great ways to make what's in your child's lunchbox a little bit better for them. § Include at least one serving of fruit in every lunch. Buy a few new types of fruit each week to let your child discover new favorites and more choices. Try serving it in different ways - whole, cut into slices, cubed or with a yogurt dipping sauce.

§ Sneak vegetables into sandwiches for added crunch.

§ Pack baked chips, popcorn, pretzels, dry cereal, or low-fat crackers instead of potato or corn chips.

§ If you pack juice, make sure it's 100% juice.

§ Use whole grain bread instead of white bread for sandwiches.

§ Switch from fatty luncheon meats to low-fat or fat free brands of turkey breast, chicken breast, ham, bologna and roast beef.

§ Encourage your child to choose 1% or fat-free milk.

§ Limit cookies, snack cakes, brownies and other sweet baked goods that are often high in both sugar and fat content.

Not another bologna sandwich? Try these sandwich substitutes. The sandwich is pretty much the staple of any child's lunchbox. But the old reliable PB&J or bologna can sometimes become routine. It's time to think outside the lunchbox to make school lunches fun and one your child won't want to trade. Try one of these sandwich substitutes for your child's next lunch:

§ Instead of two slices of bread, try using a bagel, pita bread or even a tortilla wrap.

§ Sliced cheese and crackers are also a great sandwich substitute. § Most kids enjoy cold pizza - pack last night's leftovers or make your own using a bagel, pizza sauce and shredded cheese.

§ Speaking of leftovers, try leftover cooked chicken or chicken fingers along with a small container of barbecue sauce for dipping.

Today's lunch: natural and organic Looking for additional healthy lunch and snack alternatives? Check out TOPS' own product line, Nature's Promise, a selection of healthy, organic and all natural varieties, free of artificial colors and flavors and hydrogenated oils. Ingredients, as well as nutrient and health information, including fat free, sugar free or gluten, lactose, egg and nut allergies are clearly listed with easy-to-read icons on the product packaging.

Treat your kids to something that's great tasting with Nature's Promise cookies that are made with all-natural ingredients and offer a distinctive "made from scratch" taste, aroma and texture. Pick up a package of Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Pecan, or one of the other varieties for dessert. To add crunch to your lunch, try the Natural Tortilla Chips or Soy Crisp. The Natural Vegetable Sticks is a fun way to eat vegetables in a bite-sized, dip-able chip. Or put a twist on the old PB&J favorite by using one of Nature's Promise Organic Nut Butters for a spread-able alternative.

TOPS Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY is one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold USA and is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. TOPS currently operates 119 TOPS Markets, and 4 Martin's Super Food Stores. With nearly 16,000 associates, TOPS serves a three state market area. For more information about TOPS Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com or www.martinssuperfood.com.

TOPS MARKETS LUNCHBOX RECIPES

Try one of these quick and healthy recipes to bring some pizzazz into your child's next school lunch!

Peanut Butter Roll-ups

INGREDIENTS: § 1 6-inch torilla

§ 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

§ 1 banana (or substitute apple slices, grated carrot or raisins)

§ 1 tsp. honey (optional)

Spread peanut butter on tortilla. Also honey, if desired. Slice banana. Place banana slices (or other optional ingredients) on top of peanut butter. Roll it up like a jellyroll and slice into 6 sections.

Zesty Dip for Vegetables

INGREDIENTS: § 1/2 cup nonfat or lowfat sour cream

§ 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing

§ 1/3 cup light mayonnaise

§ 1 tsp. dried dill weed

§ Assorted raw vegetables

Measure sour cream, salad dressing, mayonnaise, and dill weed. Pour all into a mixing bowl. Mix and chill. Wash raw vegetables such as celery, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, green peppers and peel and cut-up as appropriate. Be sure to keep dip properly stored and cool.

**Additional recipes can be found in the Recipe Center located at www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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