Tired of the same old bag lunch?
Try the following suggestions from Swift-Eckrich foods, makers of Butterball Slice 'N' Serve Meats and Lean Cold Cuts:- Try a variety of breads including rye, pumpernickel, whole-wheat, multigrain or bran in such forms as pita pockets, Kaiser rolls, bagels, English muffins or rice cakes. Not only are most of these breads high in energy, vitamins and iron, but they are also low in fat.
- Add a slice of cheese for extra flavor. Natural cheeses such as cheddar or Swiss generally contain less sodium than processed cheeses.
- Have an assortment of ready-made snacks on hand. Peanuts, raisins, cheese and crackers, sunflower seeds, banana chips, dried fruit, granola and unsalted whole-wheat pretzels make great snacks.
- Perk up dull sandwiches - without extra calories - with these low-fat, low-sodium extras: sliced cucumbers, radishes, onion, zucchini, spinach leaves, shredded carrots, alfalfa sprouts or green peppers.
- Don't limit your bread spread to mayonnaise, butter or margarine. Try different kinds of mustards, including French, German, Chinese and honey, tartar sauce, cream cheese or ricotta cheese.
- Include a frozen can of juice or fruit in your bag. The frozen juice will also cool the rest of your lunch.
- Separate foods before packing to avoid a soggy meal. Garnishes, salad dressings and condiments should be packed individually.
- Use plastic containers with lids to transport foods. Avoid glass containers; they are breakable - and heavy, too.
- Stock plenty of plastic sandwich bags, foil, twist ties, plastic utensils, condiments, napkins, straws and lunch bags in your desk.
"Club Butterball's Ultimate Guide to the Club" contains ideas for creating eye-opening sandwiches with new recipes and combinations of tasty breads, spreads, fillers, greens and garnishes, all found in an easy-to-read chart. For a free booklet, write to Swift-Eckrich, Club Butterball, 4100 S. Laflin, Chicago, IL 60609.