Healthy Kids First: Four Ways to Get Your Kids Ready for a Healthy School Lunchbox
By Mandy Curry on July 20, 2012 from Healthy Kids First
- Start talking to them about the importance of a healthy lunch. Foods high in sugar can impact a child’s behavior, attention, and learning (hyperactivity, loss of memory, poor concentration, and tiredness). Whereas eating foods high in nutrients can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, even out their moods, and ward off sickness.
- Practice now. Why wait until school starts? Start now! Let the kids pick out some of their favorite lunch ideas for a trial run before school starts. Kids have so many other distractions during the first few weeks of school. We certainly wouldn’t want them worrying about lunch or refusing to eat lunch because we decided to experiment with a new food they’ve never eaten.
- Get them involved in the meal planning. Create a list of 20 lunchbox items. Let the kids create their own mix-n-match meals for the week. Kids love expressing their independence when it comes to food. If they create it, they’re more likely to eat it.
- Find unique containers to hold their goodies. We love this Sistema lunch cube because of it’s cool color, ease of use, and split compartments. Compartments are fun and this one has it all- a place for a sandwich, fruits and vegetables.