Tuesday, August 23, 2011

School Lunch: Brown Bagging It

Children are headed back to school, and packing a lunch can ensure healthy options that fit your child's taste buds. Just make sure to plan ahead, since last-minute choices often rely on fat-laden pre-packaged foods. Try these tips:
  • Involve your child in the planning process. This will make it less likely that lunchbox items will get traded or tossed.
  • Can the soda. One 12-ounce serving can contain as much as 12 teaspoons of sugar. Pack a water bottle or 100-percent juice box instead.
  • Change it up. Keep lunches interesting by varying the contents. Go heavy on veggies, fruits and whole grains.

Children tend to copy our behavior, so set an example
. Eat healthy at home, and consider packing your own healthy lunch to take to work.

Information from American Dietetic Association's Tip of the Day

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