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Some simple tips to involve kids in a healthy school lunch

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 by Maggie LaBarbera

I just wanted to quickly share some thoughts on school lunches.  I believe kids want to be healthy.  But sometimes, they are not sure exactly what that means.  It is too vague.

Instead, help kids be healthier by involving them in day to day food decisions.  Each time is an opportunity to impart a few words of wisdom.  You may not think they are listening, but believe me, they are.

So keep it simple.

Here are some ways to involve your child:

  • Have your child involved and have them help set the school lunch menu.
  • Have the kids make the grocery list for their menu of the week.  That means, they look in the cupboards and refrigerator to see what is needed.
  • Talk to your children about why it is important to eat their lunch and how it helps fuel their brain for the afternoon.
  • Use the My Plate graphic and have them choose foods that come from at least 4 of the food groups.  This way, they are learning to create a balanced meal.


Nourish Thought for the Day:  

A healthy balanced lunch gives kids the added energy and nutrients their brain needs for afternoon learning and play.

Nourishing Advice for a Healthy Family: Lunchtime


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