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Build a Better School Lunch
Pizza, cookies, soda and chips may be on your child’s lunchtime list. But, they’re also culprits in the childhood obesity epidemic. Schools are working hard to provide healthier lunchtime options. But, by packing a lunch for your child, you can make a difference in his or her health now and into adulthood.
Benefits of Bagging It
Packing a lunch for your child gives you more control over what your child eats and helps you reinforce healthy eating habits. A recent study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that adolescents who brought a lunch to school tended to make better food choices than those who never had a packed lunch. The lunch-toters ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer servings of soda, french fries and high-sugar foods.
Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
Keep these tips in mind to plan healthy lunches that your kids will eat:
- Add eye-appeal. Children can be attracted to how foods are packaged. Choose bright, colorful foods like strawberries. Vary the shape and size of usual lunch fare. For instance, use a cookie cutter on a sandwich.
- Go with grain. Select healthy whole-grain bread, tortillas, pitas or crackers.
- Lower the fat. Try low-fat versions of lunch meat. Use mustard instead of mayonnaise or opt for low-fat or no-fat mayo.
- Vary the veggies. Alternate pepper strips with carrots sticks. Build a veggie kebab by putting veggies on a skewer.
- Favor fruit. Slice a banana onto a peanut butter sandwich. Send kids off with a snack bag full of sliced kiwi, raisins or dried apricots.
- Choose healthy desserts, such as vanilla wafers, graham crackers or a low-fat granola bar.
Need help planning nutritious meals? Take advantage of our registered dietitian consultations. Call 248-477-6100 to learn more.