HOW TO PACK A HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH
Nine tips on how to pack a healthy school lunch:
1. As it is age appropriate, let children clean, peel or cut up fruits and vegetables. If they feel invested in their lunch, they're more likely to eat it.
2. Let children select the dinner vegetable and then pack leftovers into their own lunchbox.
3. Watch for foods that can pose a choking hazard for younger children. Be sure to cut food into small bites.
4. Don't force children to eat foods they don't like. This will help prevent mealtimes and food choices from becoming a battleground.
5. Substitute healthier ingredients for those less healthful ones your child enjoys.
6. Go for color! Colorful fruits and vegetables are nutrition powerhouses because they're loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals.
7. If you have a child with a food intolerance or sensitivity, always check the ingredient list. Ingredients are listed on a food label in descending order by weight. Reading the ingredient list also helps us to understand what we are eating.
8. Take children grocery shopping when both you and they are not hungry. Let them choose food for their school lunch. If you eat before you shop, you're less likely to fill the cart with unplanned purchases.
9. Be aware of how companies market food to children. For example, something as simple as the foods children see from their eye level in a grocery cart to web-based games featuring popular characters off the cereal box can impact your child's stated preferences.