Tips For Packing A Healthy Lunch Box For Your Kids

School is around the corner and the lunch box dilemma begins. Parents want to pack lunch boxes that their kids will eat and also want to make sure the food is nourishing. With just a little planning and a lot of love, you can make a nourishing lunch box every day for your child. The first step in making the perfect lunch box is to understand which foods will support your child’s growth. Today we are challenged in finding the right foods. Kids and adults are bombarded by unhealthy foods in every direction.  Even our fruits and vegetables are no longer as nourishing as before.  Here are 10 tips from cookican.com to get this school year started in the right direction.

  1. Choose the right lunch box for your child which will keep the food fresh and stores properly. Try the small hard icebox-type, they are great for storing food.
  2. Have an agreement with the teacher that he/she will make sure that your child eats their own food.
  3. Make sure that your child knows what is in the lunch box and agrees with the contents in it.
  4. Allow your child a snack at home, right after school but not a big lunch meal. Some great after school snacks include Spinach Triangles, Cheese Boats, Date Bars. Many kids will not eat what is in their lunch box because they know there is food they can eat right after school. If your child has lunch at home right after school and then dinner 2 or 3 hours later, you will be overtaxing their system. We highly recommend that you stick to a set dinner time every time for the family. Ideally, dinner should be served at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  5. Have a reward system to encourage your child to eat what is in the lunch box.
  6. Choose the best quality foods. Organic and unprocessed is best. If you can’t find organic than get your fruits and vegetables from countries that are more stringent on farming laws such as countries in Europe.
  7. Do not go for the low fat items, stick to the full fat as food is best in its natural state. Low fat is actually worse as the animal fats are replaced with un-saturated vegetable oils. Many other alterations are made to the food which make it worse for our bodies increasing the levels of dangerous trans-fast which are bad for the heart and cholesterol.
  8. Only use healthy fats such as olive oil and coconut oil.
  9. Cut up Vegetable sticks and add a healthy dip, like homemade Hummus.
  10. Diversify the sandwiches / lunches in your kid’s lunch boxes to keep them excited.

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