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Healthy lunches don't have to be hard, and with some planning and smart grocery purchases, you'll be on the right track for the entire school year.
A great reminder for parents is to remember your kids tastes are built on what you feed them. If they are eating sugary, processed foods, that's what they'll crave. But, if we feed them healthy, whole foods, they will enjoy a variety of foods and make smarter food choices throughout their lifetime. Avoid as many pre-packaged foods as possible, and when you do use them, select organic items which tend to have less sugar, salt, nitrites and other fillers.
We also recommend taking time to pack lunch together with younger children, then as they get older they are prepared to pack their own healthy lunches.
Main Entree Ideas - The main lunch item is important and should be high in protein, low in fat and be tasty so they'll be anxious to eat all of it. Try:
Side Item Ideas - Keep these servings smaller, so your child doesn't eat them in place of the main item.
Dessert - Desserts are ok, just pack smaller portions of items that are made with whole ingredients and avoid items with artificial sweeteners.
Drinks - Avoid sugary drinks.
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