If your child takes lunch to school, include fruit or veggies and a lean protein, such as chicken or turkey. Try to avoid processed foods or high-fat, high-calorie items. Substitute baked chips for fried and whole-grain bread for white. If the plan is to buy lunch, talk about how to make healthier choices.
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Scripps Health answered
One of the best ways that you can pack a healthy lunch that will be consumed, rather than tossed away is to sit down with your child to negotiate healthy options. If the child feels that he/she is invested the decision, the lunch is more likely to be eaten.
A healthy lunch should consume grains (preferably, whole grains), protein (peanut butter, lean meat and poultry), fruit and veggies. Here is an example:
Roll Up Lunch:
- Whole wheat flour tortilla
- Lean roast beef or turkey
- Light cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
(Put roast beef/turkey, cheese, mayo, and lettuce on flat tortilla. Roll up. Place in container.)
- Carrots sticks (1 cup)
- Light Italian salad dressing (2 tablespoons)
(Packing tip: Pour salad dressing in bottom of small container. Stack carrots sticks on top. Cover.)
Samantha Heller, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
If your child takes his lunch to school, you want to make sure you pack a healthy one. Find out how by watching this tip-filled video featuring registered dietitian Samantha Heller. (Hint: PB&J is perfectly fine!)Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.