Ensure your child's nutrition and health by sending them to school each day with healthy lunches and snacks. With the rate of obesity doubling for kids between the ages of six and 11, and tripling for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, parents can exercise a lot of control and responsibility by providing low fat, nutritious food options in the lunch box.
Finger foods are a well loved and simple eating option for children. Pack your child's lunch box with low fat turkey slices and mozzarella cheese sticks. Add apple slices, celery sticks and carrot sticks. Children can dip their fruit and veggie sticks in apple sauce for a little added sweetness. Low fat milk is a healthy drink option.
A Hearty Lunch
Instead of fried chicken, bake chicken strips in the oven with bread crumbs and spices. Give your child a vegetable side serving of chopped carrots and peas. These items can stay warm for a few hours in a heat insulating container. Provide a dessert of low fat pudding or apple slices. Finish off the lunch with low fat milk or water.
Use whole wheat bread or a whole wheat roll to create a sandwich that your child will savor. Make tuna salad with tuna packed in water and low fat mayo, or an egg salad using more egg whites than yolk. You could also make a chicken salad sandwich for your child using a left over roaster from dinner with low fat mayo. Top these sandwiches with a little bit of chopped tomato and lettuce. Include a whole piece of fruit on the side and low fat yogurt for dessert.
Healthy Soup From Home
Soup for lunch can be kept warm in a thermos. Make a quick minestrone with some low salt chicken broth, beans, a little bit of tomato sauce and parsley. Include whole wheat crackers spread with peanut butter. Finish off the lunch with half a banana or apple slices for dessert.