Thursday, August 18, 2016
Does your child "bring" lunch to school?
We also had a continuing battle over "fruit leather," a weird sugary mess I never could quite accept as fruit and could not buy. Oh--did she want it!
Kara Shifler, a registered dietitian with Penn State PRO Wellness Center, said the more a child is involved in buying the lunch food and preparing the lunch, the more will be eaten and enjoyed.
Kids might pack soda, chips and cookies if you let them.
--Sit down with a lis of options in each of the food groups: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy.
--Have the chld pick favorites with a new item to try sometimes.
--By third or fourth grade, they will take more responsibility, even for the shopping.
--Look for quick items--baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and sugar snap peas.
--Dinner leftovers are also an option. Or make the leftovers into wraps. Have dips for the veggies.
--Pack some the night before.
--Water is the best bev. Even pure fruit juice is sugary.
You probably have more tips than I do.
Just remember--no fruit leather. It doesn't mean you're a bad person.