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Packing a Healthy and Enjoyable School Lunch

Healthy Lunch Ideas for KidsStart the school year right with a healthy and enjoyable lunch!

Now back-to-school season is upon us, you can set your child up for success with brain boosting food. Forget the same old PB&J sandwiches and potato crisps, keep them going with enjoyable, healthy snacks instead!

Start with the Basics
The essential building blocks of a healthy lunch include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and low-fat meats.

  • Low-Fat Dairy: This can include less processed cheese, fat-free yogurts, cottage cheese parfaits and more.
  • Fruits: Mix it up with same old sliced apple with berries, kiwi, grapes or bananas!
  • Protein: Keep your child going all day with a good source of protein! Include beans, hummus, egg whites, tuna or chicken! Avoid the processed deli meats.

Switch It Up
Receiving the same items in a packed lunch can get tiresome so add a couple of creative twists to the lunch box!

  • Bread Variety: Instead of traditional sandwiches, use whole wheat pita bread or tortillas with the fillings!
  • Add Flavor: Mix up the lunch box with low processed cheese, shredded carrots or guacamole to add nutritious taste!

Engage with Your Kid
Include them in the food picking process to teach them about the importance of healthy eating. You can include interactive foods for the added level of engagement!

  • Dip: Include fruit or vegetable slices to dip in yogurt, peanut butter, salsa or hummus.
  • Stack: Crackers, cucumbers, and cheese slices can be assembled by your kid!
  • Add: Pack in cheese, pistachios, walnuts, or dried cranberries along with the salad greens separately so your kid can create their own salad.

You can prepare your child for a healthy lifestyle and success with these simple lunch box ideas. To further protect your loved ones, contact Global Financial & Insurance Services. We serve Irving and the surrounding Texas area, and are dedicated to providing multiple life insurance solutions while preserving maximum coverage.