Sunday, November 9, 2008

Healthy Lunch Tips For Our Kiddos

As you pack up your child’s lunch, take the opportunity to pack in nutrients as well. Two important goals for ensuring your child eats a healthful lunch:
*Include as many food groups as you can as whole, unprocessed foods.
*Make it as appealing as possible, both visually and tastefully (an uneaten lunch isn’t doing anyone any good).

Children who eat processed foods and sugars for lunch may:
*have a harder time maintaining the rigors of the school day
*lose concentration
*feel sluggish during the afternoon

A proper child's lunch should ideally include:
*one portion of carbohydrate
*one portion of protein
*a calcium-rich food
*fresh fruits and vegetables