Pack your kid’s lunch with nutrients
As many busy parents know, it can be tough to pack a healthy, nutritious lunch for kids, especially picky eaters.
Getting your kid involved is a great way to pack a healthy lunch that they’ll actually eat.
· Set a designated meal-planning time, like Sunday afternoon, when kids can help plan and prepare lunches with you.
· Give kids healthy options. For example, ask your child, “Would you prefer an apple or a banana?” Making your child feel like they had a say in their lunch helps ensure they’ll enjoy it.
· Pack foods high in protein and fiber like turkey, cheese and peanut butter. Combine it with whole-grain bread for a nutritious, kid-friendly sandwich that will keep your kid fueled up.
· Go for lots of fruits and vegetables instead of processed snacks like chips.
· Satisfy a sweet tooth with health alternatives like Greek yogurt with fruit, pudding or homemade baked goods.
Some kids just like to snack. Here are some healthy ideas for your snacker.
· Fresh fruit like apples, berries, pears grapes, melon balls, bananas or oranges
· Low-fat string cheese
· One ounce of unsalted nuts
· Celery sticks with peanut butter and raisons on top
· Fresh veggies with low-fat dressing or hummus
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