Tag: Back to School

Back to School Tips

Whether you are making your own lunch for work or packing your child’s school lunch, keep these tips in mind for a safe and nutritious to-go meal!

  • Keep it cold and safe. Choose an insulated lunchbox, or always pack an ice pack if the contents contain an item that needs to stay cold.
  • Focus on colorful vegetables. Pack more dark green, red, and orange vegetables. Pack a healthy dip such as hummus to add more flavor and fun.
  • Fuel up with fruits. Choose whole fruits or fruit packed in 100% juice. Oranges, pears, peaches, berries, and unsweetened applesauce are a few great choices that will easily fit into a lunch box.
  • Shoot for whole grains. Choose whole grain foods, such as whole-wheat bread and whole wheat tortillas or crackers.
  • Pack Calcium-rich foods. Choose low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese for your child. Remember to keep these foods cold.
  • Vary the protein and healthy fats. Peanut butter, tuna, or a lean turkey sandwich are great to pack for lunch. Nuts or a hard-boiled egg are also great.

By:  Ashley Svaty

It’s Back to School Time!

Pack the book bags and pack the lunch! It’s time to head back to school! Help get your child to eat the lunch you packed with these tips:

  • Have them help choose foods at the store they like. They can also help pack their lunch.
  • If lunch time is short, pack bite sized foods. Cut sandwiches in fourths to grab easier. Pack grapes, string cheese, and whole wheat crackers.
  • Use easy open lunch bags and insulated bags with ice packs to keep cold foods cold.
  • Pack smaller portions so they don’t waste food. Keep nutrition in mind to give them good fuel on the go!

Source: www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/eat-right-at-school/my-child-doesnt-eat-the-lunch-i-pack-what-do-i-do

By:  Ashley Svaty