According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans released in 2010 by the USDA, one of the best ways to achieve a healthy diet is to start with nutrient-dense foods and beverages. This includes fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat milk products, seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes. When choosing foods to put in your children's lunches, try to make most of your choices from the list above.
For example, some main course options might be:
All of these foods are excellent choices because they are high in fiber, rich in nutrients and full of protein.
Side dishes don't have to be full of chemicals, salt and sugar to be fun. Get creative and pick healthy sides that are nutritious and delicious. With tempting, kid-friendly choices like these, your children won't find themselves wandering off to the vending machine:
Don't ruin your child's wholesome lunch by tossing in an unhealthy beverage full of added junk. The best choices are fresh water with lemon, low-fat milk and fruit juices like Mott's Wild Grape Surge. The 8-ounce bottles are the perfect serving size for little ones, and easy to pack. Plus, there are flavors, like apple-white grape and fruit punch, to add some variety.
Don't get stuck in a rut! No one likes to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day. Keep it exciting and mix it up. If your children's school allows students to heat up their lunches, don't forget to utilize any yummy leftovers you have on hand.
Make sure you have the supplies to pack foods in a way that keeps them looking tasty and inviting. Who wants to eat a pear that's been smushed at the bottom of a paper bag beneath a heavy thermos? Consider investing in some cute reusable tins that you can use over and over again. Keep it fun. Keep it fresh. Before you know it, your kids will be chowing down every day on nutritious, balanced, healthy foods at lunchtime.
This post was sponsored by Mott's.
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