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Back to School Lunches


file2551276292157Healthy Back-to-School Lunch ideas

Hard to believe it, but for many of us, it’s already time to wrap up the back-to-school shopping and start packing those backpacks for another new school year. (Where did the summer go?)

One of the bigger challenges when it comes to school time – especially with older children and teens – is creating a healthy, tasty packed lunch. Eating a healthy lunch is particularly important for middle and high schoolers. Not only does it increase energy, it begins building the foundation of healthy eating as they continue to grow and eventually graduate and head to college. It’s shocking to know that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Let’s get them eating healthy creative lunches.

But turkey sandwiches and celery sticks can be boring, right?

So here are some more creative – yet not overly complicated – lunch offerings for the tween and teen in your life.

Chicken Pita

Suggested by Seventeen magazine, the chicken pita replaces the basic sandwich with a simple yogurt-based chicken salad (no mayonnaise!) and a slice of pita bread.

BLTA Wrap

Bon Appetit magazine offers several tasty and fun suggestions, including this twist on a traditional BLT. What’s the A you ask? Avocado, of course. By creating this as a wrap and not a sandwich, it also makes it easier to transport – simply wrap in aluminum foil, parchment or wax paper and you’re good to go!

Avocado/Carrot/Cucumber Sushi

This one wins for appearance, hands down. Start with sushi rice, then roll avocado, carrots and cucumber. Don’t forget a packet or two of soy sauce as well. It’ll be the hit of the lunchroom!

BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes

It’s a sandwich that has the luxury of being delicious, whether it’s served hot or cold. And it begins with a simple trip to the grocery store for a rotisserie chicken. Shred the chicken, then add carrots and barbecue sauce and some cilantro or parsley for good measure. Bon Appetit recommends a whole wheat bun, but this would work in a wrap or on sliced bread as well – just pack the meat separately to avoid a soggy mess!

Soba Salad with Chicken and Cabbage

The problem with packing a traditional salad for lunch is the dressing. If you dress the salad before scrambling to the bus stop in the morning, you’ll have soggy greens. And packing dressings can be tricky and lead to accidental sticky lunch bags. Enter this salad, which solves the dressing issue by making its bed of cabbage rather than lettuce, which reduces the sogginess. It’s light and crunchy and crisp … and full of flavor.

Pizza Pasta Salad

Another fun option, especially for teens, is this unique twist on pizza from BBC’s GoodFood. It includes pesto and tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and basil and is not only tasty, but can be a beautiful presentation as well.

Or, if that one’s not quite doing it for your favorite high schooler, here’s a variation from Real Simple magazine, which combines pasta, spinach, tomatoes and salami.

See? Healthy lunches don’t have to be boring at all! Combine healthy eating with a Rhoades Car in your life, and your kids will be much healthier.

Do you have any other creative and healthy lunch options for your older child, tween or teen? Share them in the comments below please.

Rhoades Car Customer Not Worried About Soaring Gas Prices!


By Beth Baker

Director of Customer Relations, Rhoades Car International

David King of central Wyoming isn’t worried about $5 a gallon gas — because he’s been riding a Rhoades Car for the past 13 years!  A few days ago, we received this unsolicited email from David:

I just thought you might like to know that my single-seat Rhoades Car, which is 13 years old, is still rolling along the highways and byways of central Wyoming. And I, at the age of 72, am still happily pushing its pedals. Thank you for a helluva lotta enjoyment and good health over the years!”

We’re thrilled that David has had 13 years of Rhoades Car enjoyment and wish him many more.  Did you notice that he mentioned “enjoyment and health” in his email?  Not only is he saving money on gas by riding a Rhoades, but he is staying in shape and having a great time!

Funny thing about rising gas prices – as gas prices soar so do sales of Rhoades Cars.  So far in 2012, sales are up over 100%.  Why?  Because riding a Rhoades can be a solution for many people as an alternative means of transportation in order to save money on gas AND get much needed exercise. Add in our 1 hp electric-assist motor option and it becomes a hybrid (pedal power and electric motor combo). That is one of the major reasons we were named Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year in 2011.

According to a recent study from the Oil Price Information Service, fuel prices are up 13.6% from a year ago and 76% higher than in December 2008. A FoxNews.com article earlier this week stated, “Americans spent 8.4 percent of their household income on gasoline last year when gas averaged $3.51 a gallon — that’s double the percentage a decade ago.”  No way around it – we’re headed for a big spike in gas prices again in 2012.  It’s time to look for alternatives!

Although the majority of our sales are here in the USA, we have individuals, couples and families all over the world ordering our 4-wheel bikes and many of them are adding our electric-assist motor option.  With gasoline prices climbing dramatically, gas savings is important but family health and overall fitness weigh heavily in the decision too.  So riding a Rhoades is a true win-win-win!  You get gas savings, exercise AND family fun.  After all, we need more Leave it to Beaver and less Virtual Reality in our society.  This is a great way for families to recapture that special time together.

A few weeks ago, Rhoades Car was featured on the Emmy award-winning and #1 locally produced PBS show in the country – Tennessee Crossroads.  They did a great job of showing how we are a Certified Made-in-The-USA product so when you purchase a Rhoades Car, you are supporting American workers. Here’s a link to the 6 ½ minute segment –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXN7Rv1Ly-c&feature=plcp&context=C33f14bfUDOEgsToPDskJxOGrtb3kGPRkGT3KHdg-M

So whether you are young or old, married or single, short or tall, overweight or skin and bones, have a small family or a large family, there’s a 1, 2 or 4 seat Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike just for you.  Just ask David King who is in his 13th year of riding his 1-person Rhoades Car!

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.