WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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food & wine "kids like little packages" fruits, vegetables, or whole grains) and a source of protein (such as meats, nuts, beans, or low-fat dairy products). Kate Roosevelt, a Wellesley mother of children ages five and seven, also follows an informal rule of threes – though variety is her guiding principle. Fresh fruit is usually one of the components. When she has time, she might combine a few different fruits in a smoothie. Along with fruit, she might put in an egg salad sandwich, cherry tomatoes, crackers, or even avocado sushi. "My daughter likes the process of preparing things. She can put soy sauce on the sushi and eat it with chop sticks," Roosevelt says . She also likes to dip carrots into ranch dressing or spear tomatoes with toothpicks. Using the principle that children like different components, Marcy Pomerance of Weston is part of a team at Graze that is developing a packaged lunch for children to be sold through retail stores as well as its delivery service. The lunchboxes will be built from items that Graze sources from producers. That might include cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bagel chips, salsa, turkey, maple-covered walnuts, and even pre- made pancakes to be dipped in maple syrup. "You could choose a lunchbox or the different components to mix and match," Pomerance says. "Kids like little packages that allow them to combine things in ways that the parents didn't tell them to. Parents do need to take control in some ways, though, making " sure the components balance each other. Bade warns against serving too many starches in one meal. "A classic lunch I see being packed is the sandwich with two cookies and a granola bar or chips and crack- ers. This can provide your child with up to five to six starch servings at one sitting. For most children, I would recommend choosing just one starch food to enjoy at lunch," she says. For example, bread in a sandwich could provide the starch, and then be paired with fruits and vegetables or yogurt. Granola or crackers could be saved for an afternoon snack. Roosevelt and Chaoui sometimes add small treats to the lunchbox, such as a piece of chocolate or a gummy candy. Chaoui's children par- 176 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012 MONKEYBUSINESSIMA G ES / D REAMSTIME . COM

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