Yummy! It’s National School Lunch Week!

15 Healthy Foods to Pack in a School Lunch

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr, MD, FACP, FACR

Starting your kids off right by packing school lunches with nutritious foods that taste good will help them establish healthy eating habits for life. Instead of a sandwich on white bread, bag of chips, and cookies, try some of the following healthy (and more interesting) items for your child’s lunch box:

  • Wraps made with whole wheat tortillas, containing either lean cold cuts or lowfat cream cheese topped with veggie slices. Even the classic PB and J (peanut butter & jelly) is healthier in a wheat wrap.
  • Single portion-sized cups of unsweetened apple sauce or fruit without added sugar.
  • Trail mix made with cereals, nuts, pretzels, dried fruit or raisins, and a few chocolate morsels.
  • Low fat cheese spread on whole wheat crackers.
  • Individual serving-sized packages of low fat yogurt, cottage cheese, or yogurt smoothies.
  • Baby carrots, celery sticks, or apple slices with dips made from yogurt or low fat sour cream.
  • Mini-burritos made with rice and black beans or re-fried beans in a tortilla with tomato salsa. These can be heated or eaten cold.
  • Baked chips or pretzels are a better choice than high-fat potato chips or cheese snacks.
  • Drinks made from water with a splash of cranberry, peach, grape, or other fruit juice are healthier than sodas. Excess consumption of pure sugar-laden juices can increase the risk of obesity.
  • Whole grain bagels topped with cream cheese-vegetable spread.
  • Air-popped popcorn flavored with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
  • Low fat cheese cubes and seedless grapes make a delicious side dish for sandwiches or wraps.
  • Cold strips of grilled chicken with honey mustard dip.
  • Dried cranberries or cherries are a sweet alternative for kids bored with raisins.
  • Quesadilla slices made with cheese and chicken or vegetables.

For more healthy nutrition tips, visit myMotherLode’s Health andNutrition Section.

Tuesday’s Top 10 List

This morning we asked listeners to call and give us 10 things to do here at home in the Fall/Winter months.  Here’s the results:

1.  Take a drive over the pass to look at the fall colors

2. Hiking the many 2-5 mile trails in the foothills

3.  Sonora Bach Festival

4.  4-Wheeling’ with friends on the old roads

5.  Bowling

6.  Wine Tasting in Murphys

7.  Christmas Parade

8.  Going to  live theatre in the Mother Lode

9.  Going to a Summerville or Sonora Football game

10. Listening to Big Joe and Bridgette Morning show!

Thanks for the calls and helping make our Top 10!  Join us next Tuesday for a brand new list!

Ten For Tuesday

Good Morning Mother Lode!

It’s Tuesday!   Time for something new for our hometown folks!  We’ll be calling this weekly segment TEN FOR TUESDAY! Each week we’ll compile a top 10 list with your help on the Big Joe & Bridgette Morning Show and post here.  For example, this morning we’ll be looking for the top 10 things to do in the Mother Lode during the winter months!   Plus join us for the Top 10 songs for Tuesday that we’ll play during the show and a brand new game called “Name Ten”!   Be sure to log in and make a comment on the new site!

Don’t forget!  The mystery word of the day contest!  The word for the day is HALLOWEEN!  When you hear either one of us say the word in the 7am hour, be the 3rd caller at 532-9350 and you WIN!  This is a website only contest.

So grab your coffee and tune in from 5:30 to 10 this morning, also catch the latest local and national headlines on the right side of this page.    Here’s Tim McGraw’s new video ” Southern Voice”!

Always more fun and more music on Today’s Country 93.5 KKBN!  Have a great Tuesday!

Worst Monday Morning Picture Contest

Good Morning Mother Lode!

Yes, it’s Monday!   As you drag your behind out of bed this morning and ponder “What in the world did I do this weekend?”  Here’s something I hope you will do.

Grab a camera and snap a picture of yourself right now and send it to us!  Don’t be shy, we’ll even go first!

Here’s our Monday morning pictures. (Bridgette’s going to be mad at me)  Now it’s your turn!

Email them to bigjoemarshall@mlode.com attention to:

Big Joe and Bridgette’s Worst Monday Morning Picture Contest!  We’ll feature the worst of the worst every Monday Morning and the winner win’s a great prize!

UPDATE: Bridgette has threatened my life if I did not take down her picture, so instead we’ll put this one up!



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Big Joe

Snap away!  Plus don’t forget our website only daily contest!  The Mystery Word for the day is ” Whacked” !  Be the 3rd caller when you hear the word during the 7am hour and win!  We’re going to have the best Monday ever, we hope you do as well!