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With summer vacation almost coming to a close, and with school around the corner, it’s time to re-think and refresh your kid’s lunches. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to start packing a healthier lunc...
With summer vacation almost coming to a close, and with school around the corner, it’s time to re-think and refresh your kid’s lunches. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to start packing a healthier lunchbox.
Need some inspiration for what to pack in a healthy lunch? Use this back to school checklist to make sure your child is getting the nutrition they need this school year.
The USDA recommends that meats and proteins make up less than one quarter of each meal. Protein provides sustained energy and helps maintain blood sugar levels. Serve up some delicious sandwiches with their favorite meat or include edamame, deviled eggs or nuts. Peanut butter for dipping veggie sticks also provide protein for your child’s lunch. Some protein ideas:
Be sure to pack up some calcium-rich foods like these:
Fruits and vegetables should make up about half of each meal. Think of different ways to include fruit and veggies into school lunches to keep your kids from getting bored. Kids love to dip things—cut up fruits and vegetables into small slices and add a small container of Greek yogurt dip, hummus, cream cheese, peanut butter or almond butter for dipping.
Print off this back to school checklist for healthy lunches to be well-prepared when school starts!
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