The problem is … lunch is an important part of the day for children. They need to keep their attention and participation during the day. Unfortunately, school lunches are neither healthy or balanced. School lunches are contributing to obesity and chronic illness.
5 Key Strategies:
1.) Make healthy food become FUN FOOD… sandwiches in creative shapes. Play with colors.
2.) Focus on foods that have BRAIN POWER, so they can ACE their tests (Sources of protein: Hard boiled eggs, chicken, fish, turkey, bananas, guacamole, adding coconut oil … avoiding artificial dyes. Avoiding processed sugars). (Use peanut-free peanut butter).
3.) Involve the kids in the buying and meal preparation … so they have ownership over the meal.
4.) For sandwiches and heroes, we can make them healthy: Use gluten-free bread, add veggies, sometimes skip the bread (use lettuce as the bread). Use avocado as a spread instead of mayo. Make wraps!
5.) Know what to avoid: Processed foods, sugar, and sugar-free options like aspartame, soda,
Non-organic produce and GMOs would be great to avoid if possible. Flavored waters have just as much sugar. So… you can pack from home (because it is healthier/helps build life skills).
-Schools that receive federal funding have to provide some “mandatory foods.” Not all are great for families that want healthier options.
-Having a decent breakfast with plenty of protein will help kids to NOT be starving at lunchtime.
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