2018-07-25 / Breaking News

How to make healthy school lunches for kids

Here are some ideas to get you started packing healthy school lunches.

• Purchase a new lunch container. Few kids want to dig into a brown paper sack and pull out something that has been so squashed it’s unrecognizable. Partitioned lunch boxes help you remember to include foods from the basic food groups, such as a fruit, vegetable, protein, starch and dairy item.

• Have your child make a list of his or her favorite foods, then see how you can make the foods healthier. For example, if chicken nuggets make the list, prepare your own nuggets with white meat chunks that are baked, not fried.

• Get creative. If fruit is stuck on skewers or served with a low-fat dipping sauce or caramel, it may look more appealing. Look to “mini” foods, which tend to be more fun as well.

• Hide healthy foods within others. Everything from spinach to tofu to beets have been included in items like cake, cookies and brownies .• Cut foods into fun shapes. Kids may be more inclined to eat a turkey and cheese sandwich if it’s cut into star shapes or their favorite cartoon characters.

• Don’t let the time of day dictate what you serve. If a child loves bagels, choose whole wheat bagels and add an egg on top for a nutritious lunch. Serve with a gelatin dessert that contains chunks of fruit and low-fat milk, and you’re set.

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