It’s back-to-school time again, and that means kids will be eating whatever schools serve up. Sometimes there aren’t the healthiest choices there. How can kids survive? …
What one of our health/medical media ambassadors can say:
–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 heros, 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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