Thursday, August 18, 2016

Does your child "bring" lunch to school?

My daughter went to parochial school for many years--and brought her lunch from home. I packed her lunches with varying success. I used to be proud of little salads I put in plastic containers. I once asked her did she like that--and she said no, she traded them.

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.

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