By the time November rolls around, many parents are frustrated that an elementary school child is not eating well at school. Many have already succumbed to that ever-tempting “lunchables” and a bag of chips. Never forget that a child’s meal is a building block to their health and academic success in school.
Here are a few tips to packing a nutritious lunch that kids love:
- If you are packing a sandwich, use whole grain bread. The bread must have 3 or more grams of pure fiber to be“true” whole grain bread.
- Package the lunch to look like the popular off-the-shelf items like “lunchables.” Cut sandwiches into fun shapes like hearts and flowers.
- If your scholar won’t eat a sandwich, try nutrient dense muffins. You take any basic muffin recipe and use gluten free flour and coconut sugar. Add veggies like carrots, celery etc.
- Be sure to include fruit like grapes, apples and bananas.
- Make a trail mix – nut free of course – but you can include things like raisins, dried apples, berries and you can even add some dark organic chocolate chips.
- Ditch the juice and replace with water. Add some food coloring if you need to make a more desirable presentation.
Meals rich in fiber are proven to satisfy hunger which will allow young scholars to focus better on school work. Whole foods for scholars will instill overall well-being and lifelong healthy eating habits. Most importantly, practice what you preach. If your children see you eating well, they too will grow up eating well.