Story by Angela Caban
Once again we are in the midst of back-to-school season when crayons, glue sticks, pencils, and scissors fly off the shelves, and parents rush to check off the never ending school supplies lists. But one item that can easily be overlooked, is something that is very important to a child’s day and lasts throughout the entire year; the school lunch.
For many, lunch may not seem like it requires much thought or preparation. After all, it is easy to send kids to school with a Lunchables® and a drink, or perhaps with money to buy lunch. Providing kids with not just fuel, but quality fuel can help them stay focused and energized throughout the day. A healthy lunch establishes healthy eating habits at a young age. Fortunately, many schools are making an effort to provide healthier lunch options, but sometimes there is still no telling what exactly goes into the food that is being offered.
Putting together a healthy lunch for kids can be a daunting task. However, with a little bit of planning and a few basic steps, parents can create nutritious lunches their kids will enjoy.
Here are 7 things to remember when packing school lunches:
Of course, to reap any of the benefits of a healthy lunch you need your kids to actually eat it, so pay attention to what they like and don’t like and try to find the healthiest versions of their favorites. It is important to remember that although the body simply needs food and water to function, it needs quality ingredients and fewer chemical additives to function optimally and stay healthy. By providing your kids with a healthy lunch every day, you will help them learn to make better choices for the rest of their lives.
For more information on healthy lunches, check out www.choosemyplate.gov.
What back to school lunch tips can you share? Share with us in the comments below.
About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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