Fill the lunchbox with a variety of healthy foods. Be sure to include plenty of fresh fruit, salad, vegetables, and bread or low fat crackers. Put in low fat protein food such as meats, fish, dairy products, beans, or boiled eggs.
Try a variety of breads and rolls such as whole wheat, mixed grain, white high fiber, bagels, pita pockets, lavash, focaccia, and flat breads. Use margarine or butter and mayonnaise sparingly. If sandwich filling is moist (e.g., avocado, cheese, salad, etc.), try to leave out margarine and/or butter. Dairy foods and meat and eggs need to be kept cold. Put a frozen drink bottle in with the lunchbox or use a cooler bag. Cut sandwiches into strips or use a shape cutter for a novelty.
Calcium is lacking in many children's diets, provide a calcium-rich food like reduced fat milk, cheese, or yogurt everyday in their lunchboxes or first thing on arrival home from school.
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