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Preschool Bound

Mother was right and research shows children who eat a healthy breakfast concentrate and function better in school and have healthier body weights. Lunch is also important to sustain energy throughout the day and during afterschool activities. Here are some ideas that will increase the odds of your child eating what you pack:

  • Let your child pick out his own lunchbox or insulated lunch bag
  • Allow children to help prepare their own lunches the night before
  • Stock up with healthy options such as whole grain breads, almond butter, light tuna, lean meats, eggs, low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese and hummus
  • Guide children to pick a variety of foods from the five food groups which include vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat dairy and protein

Calcium is important for growing children. Encourage them to drink milk with lunch by packing a container or sending milk money. Low-fat chocolate milk can be offered as a treat. If your child refuses to drink milk, offer 100% fruit juice fortified with calcium and Vitamin D. Also, pack a water bottle so your child learns to reach for water to quench thirst between meals.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Breakfast-for-Learning.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/nutrition/Pages/Making-Healthy-Food-Choices.aspx

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/back-to-school-tips.aspx

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Recommends-Whole-Diet-Approach-to-Children's-Nutrition.aspx