Another summer has flown by and back to school is upon us. The age old question of what to pack in our kids lunches comes back once again this year. For those kids or parents who prefer a lunch sent from home, here are some tips on how to ensure a healthy meal is being served.
– Make half the meal fruits and vegetables. Struggle to find new ways of eating these? Visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/sites/default/files/tentips/DGTipsheet11KidFriendlyVeggiesAndFruits.pdf to find new ways to incorporate fruits and veggies!
– Pack whole grain foods like whole grain bread or whole wheat pasta.
– Skip the juice. Pack a reusable water bottle to ensure your child stays hydrated.
– Involve your child. Every month or so ask your child what new healthy foods they may like in their lunch.
– Watch for patterns. The lunchroom can be a busy place with kids talking more than eating. Watch for foods regularly coming home and discuss this with your child to learn what foods they like, especially if the healthy foods seem to be coming back home often with treats being consumed.
For more ideas, visit the Living Well FDL Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/LivingWellFDL/back-to-school/
Kya Schnettler, MPH, CHES
Living Well FDL Coalition Coordinator