Healthy School Lunches

12.11.11

Category: Weight Management |

Getting your kids to eat healthy at school can be a bit of a challenge, especially with the food choices that are typically offered in cafeterias. Schools often get rebates from food companies when they buy large quantities of food from them. Unfortunately, this food is often filled with high fructose corn syrup, salt, and trans fat. While it may be more time-consuming to make a lunch at home every day, it can be very easy to put together a healthy lunch for your kids. Here are a few ideas for kid-friendly and healthy lunches:

  • Make your own “Lunchables” by cutting up of cheese and nitrate-free deli meats with whole grain crackers and a piece of fruit.
  • Veggie sticks
  • Apples with nut butter
  • Make your own trail mix and let your kids pick out which nuts, seeds, and dried fruit they want in it
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Fruit salad
  • Celery with nut butter and raisins

Ask your kids what they want to eat, so they don’t miss out on their favorite foods. Don’t make it a big deal to them that they are having a healthy lunch—it’s just a normal lunch that happens to have healthy foods in it! The goal is to create healthy habits early, but not obsessions. Make sure they have treats every once in a while, too (just not as a reward)!

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