Packing a Healthy School Lunch

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Bad food choices in grade school can escalate into unhealthy eating habits by middle and high school that are hard to break, and the cumulative long-term effects could be pretty serious. That's why it's important to keep a healthy balance when it comes to food choices. Here are a few tips to help your children make healthy selections in the cafeteria:

  • Discuss the lunch menu with your children and help them make smart choices. If children buy lunch, they should purchase and eat only one serving of any item.
  • Packing a healthy lunch is always a good idea. Teach your children to look for foods with less sodium and to watch their sugar intake—and decrease it if necessary.
  • Allow limited purchases at the cafeteria, especially for younger children. Some schools don’t control how much children spend on meal credit cards. Don’t give kids extra money to spend beyond the daily meal credit.
  • Encourage your children to eat three meals a day and plan an afternoon snack. Skipping breakfast and/or lunch will only make them famished and send them foraging in the pantry after school.

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