How to Make Healthy Choices in the Lunch Line

While many families pack a lunch, many students do purchase lunch at school. I’m a registered dietitian, and a mom, and understand the worry that children might not be making healthy decisions when it comes to filling their plate at school. Here are a few simple tips to encourage kids to make the right choices in the lunch line.

 

Choosing the Right PB&J

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a classic favorite of kids of all ages. It can sometimes get a bad rap for being unhealthy, but this popular sandwich can easily become healthy by paying attention to 3 key things.

Choosing the Right Breakfast Staples

As a busy mom of two school-aged children, I know how hectic weekday breakfast can be. There’s no time to make a full breakfast, so we turn to quick and easy options. Three of the easiest breakfast choices are cereal, frozen waffles and instant oatmeal, but how do you know which are the best to fuel up kids before heading off to school? Here are tips on choosing the right ones.

Choosing The Right Lunchbox Staples

Share Packing a school lunch is a very important task these days. We want to provide a variety of healthy foods, but we also want to pack a lunch our kid’s will eat in the short amount of time they have for lunch. Lunch box staples not only need to be healthy, they need to be tasty, visually appealing, and food our kid’s will enjoy. Parents often ask me what foods to pack for school lunch. My answer… Nutrient rich foods your kids will enjoy. Lunchtime is not the meal to try out new foods. Pack food you know your kids will eat and love. A favorite all-time lunch is lunch meat, cheese, and crackers. Here’s how to pack a healthy version of lunch-ables Lunch Meat: Two things to consider are fat and sodium. Fresh cut turkey breast is a great choice with a lower fat content and sodium content, while ham is a little higher in sodium. Salami is highest in protein, but also highest in sodium. Applegate Farms makes some great deli choices. Cheese: When it comes to cheese I like to avoid anything processed. Natural cheese is the best choice. Like the lunchmeat options, Applegate Farms makes great

10 Ways to Add Fruits & Veggies to Your Child’s Lunch Box

Coming up with creative and clever lunch ideas can be a challenge. Even more challenging is thinking of creative ways to add fruits and vegetables that our kids will actually eat. Below are ten quick and easy ideas for incorporating fruits and veggies into your daily lunch routine.

Healthy High Calorie Snack Ideas for Underweight Kids

Despite the obesity epidemic, many children are underweight. Parents often ask how to help a child gain weight in a healthy way. While empty calories from foods high in fat and added sugars might add a few pounds, they will not provide the nutrients a child needs to build strong bones and a healthy body.

Tips for Building a Healthier Easter Basket

Easter is such a fun holiday for my kids. My four & two year olds love reading books about Easter, what the holiday is about, and of course, the Easter Bunny. Growing up, I remember the joy and excitement when opening my Easter basket. There was always a bag of jellybeans, a chocolate Easter Bunny, and other fun things like coloring books, crayons, or a fun bow for my hair. Then we would go to the backyard and hunt for Easter eggs. Some were eggshells that we dyed with fun colors and others were plastic eggs to open with usually more candy.

Healthy Family New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is upon us, and with the New Year comes resolutions and pledging a fresh start. One of the most common resolutions made is to eat healthier. The best way to approach this is to set family goals and get each member involved.

Healthy Stocking Stuffers for Kids

As a kid I remember waking up Christmas morning and racing with my brother to see who got to our stocking first.  Christmas stockings were always so much fun to me.  There were so many fun gifts in there, as if they were getting us ready for the gifts under the tree.  They could be filled with anything from candy to socks to small toys. I love seeing the same reaction on my kid’s faces on Christmas morning.  They race to their stockings and dump them out onto the floor with excitement.  In place of candy I opt for non-candy treats and anything I think they need or will have fun with.