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    Thumbs up Kid friendly alternatives to junk food at the ball park!

    I thought this may give you all some ideas for your kids so they eat better at the ball parks this summer.

    Summer Fun in the Bleachers

    Q: My family spends a lot of time at the little league park and soccer field. Hot dogs and nachos seem to be a steady diet. I would love to have some ideas for simple kid-friendly meals that could be eaten in the bleachers.

    - Thanks, Sue

    A: Wow, your question really rings true for me! With two boys who have always been involved in sports, I try my best to bring foods along that are satisfying and good for the whole family. At the same time, I know they need to be fun and appealing enough to compete with the ever-available hot dogs and nachos!

    The tasty recipes below are portable, kid-friendly, and simple, too. Don’t forget to bring some fruit as well as your own beverages when you can. Milk and juice needn’t be replaced by pop in the summer.


    SUMMERTIME BAGELWICH

    Sandwiches with a new twist--turkey, cheese and vegetables piled high on bagels.

    Preparation 10 min.

    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
    4 herb or onion bagels, split in half
    4 lettuce leaves
    8 (1-ounce) slices deli turkey breast
    4 green bell pepper rings
    4 (2 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1/4-inch) slices LAND O LAKES® Chedarella® Cheese
    4 tomato slices
    1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts

    Instructions:

    Spread bottom half of each bagel with 1 tablespoon butter.

    To assemble each sandwich, layer bottom half of bagel with 1 lettuce leaf, 2 slices turkey, 1 green pepper ring, 1 slice cheese, 1 slice tomato and 2 tablespoons alfalfa sprouts; cover with top half of bagel.
    Yield: 4 sandwiches

    Nutrition Facts (1 sandwich)


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    Calories: 410
    Fat: 17 g
    Cholesterol: 90 mg
    Sodium: 560 mg
    Carbohydrates: 38 g
    Dietary Fiber: 2 g
    Protein: 28 g

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    http://www.landolakes.com/mealIdeas/...95C&ltype=text

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    PRETZELWICHES

    This creative sandwich will be a lunchbox favorite.

    Preparation 15 min.

    Ingredients:

    8 (4 to 4 1/2-inch) soft pretzels*
    4 teaspoons prepared mustard
    8 LAND O LAKES® American Cheese Food Singles
    6 ounces your favorite sliced luncheon or deli meat

    Instructions:

    Spread bottom side of each pretzel with 1/2 teaspoon mustard.

    To assemble each sandwich, layer 1 pretzel, mustard-side up, with 1 slice cheese, 1/4 meat and 1 slice cheese. Place another pretzel, mustard-side down, over sandwich ingredients; press gently.

    *If using frozen soft pretzels, bake according to package directions; cool.

    TIP: If desired, split 4 soft pretzels horizontally. Use 8 pretzel halves instead of 8 whole pretzels.
    Yield: 4 sandwiches

    Nutrition Facts (1 sandwich)


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    Calories: 640
    Fat: 26 g
    Cholesterol: 65 mg
    Sodium: 1380 mg
    Carbohydrates: 76 g
    Dietary Fiber: 0 g
    Protein: 27 g

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    http://www.landolakes.com/mealIdeas/...96B&ltype=text

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    INSIDE-OUT SANDWICHES

    Recipes like this meet the all important picnic criteria: easy to fix, easy to pack and easy to serve!

    Preparation 10 min.
    Chilling 30 min.

    Ingredients:

    6 thin slices deli ham
    6 (3/4-ounce) slices LAND O LAKES® American Cheese Food Singles
    2 tablespoons prepared mustard or mayonnaise
    6 (1-inch thick) soft breadsticks, baked
    Prepared mustard and/or ketchup, if desired

    Instructions:

    Top 1 slice ham with 1 slice cheese. Spread with 1 teaspoon mustard. Place breadstick on edge of ham and cheese; roll ham and cheese around breadstick.

    Repeat with remaining ingredients. Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve with mustard or ketchup for dipping, if desired.
    Yield: 6 sandwiches

    Nutrition Facts (1 sandwich)


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    Calories: 200
    Fat: 8 g
    Cholesterol: 25 mg
    Sodium: 840 mg
    Carbohydrates: 21 g
    Dietary Fiber: Protein: 10 g

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    http://www.landolakes.com/mealIdeas/...59b&ltype=text

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    Thanks Diana! We spend too much time at the ballpark and could always use some idea for alternative food.

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    Thanks Deed, we also spend lots of time in the summer at the ball field and these sound like great take along meals.

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    I thought these were great ideas for dh and myself when we decide to go for a ride at a moments notice too.

    Also, how about for your dh's or your lunch for work? Something a little different.

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    Thanks so much Diana, these are great for family recipes!! Mmmmm......

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