Healthy school lunches

Healthy school lunches

The threat of childhood obesity is real. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one third of children or adolescents are overweight or obese. The USDA and National School Lunch Programs implemented national nutritional guidelines in 2012, requiring schools to serve fruits and vegetables among other initiatives to improve nutrition.

In addition to a child’s overall health, academic performance improves with a well-balanced diet full of “superfoods.” Good nutrition helps children to focus and have more energy--and they feel better.

What are superfoods?

Superfoods are foods full of nutrients that improve overall health and well-being, including “brain” food like these:

  • Berries
  • Vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Avocados
  • Nuts

To keep your children healthy and thriving in school, start with a healthy breakfast. For school lunches, we’ve got some easy tips here to help you pack “superfoods” that are also fun:

  • Shape it up. Use a cookie cutter to make star-shaped sandwiches using whole wheat bread.
  • Give them sweets. Berries are a great superfood and they’re sweet and tasty.
  • Eat with yours eyes first. Place berries or nuts in silicone cupcake liners inside of a larger travel container to separate lunch items and to make lunch look more appealing.
  • Undo the sandwich. Wrap lean lunchmeat around cantaloupe or a whole wheat pretzel sticks for a pleasant surprise.
  • Keep it cool. Place frozen peas in a container with carrot sticks to keep the sticks cool. The peas will thaw by lunchtime.

Good and bad eating habits start at an early age, and we’re here to help you and your children start the good ones.

 

Posted: 8/07/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: healthy, kids, lunches, school, superfoods

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