Three Easy Options for Making a Healthy Lunch

//Three Easy Options for Making a Healthy Lunch

A child’s success, including in school, can be affected by having a healthy lunch. Packing a nutritious meal for your child can benefit them in many ways:

  • Improved Academic Performance

A healthy lunch can give children the energy they need to stay focused, pay attention in class, and learn the information presented to them in their classes after lunch time.

  • Promote Good Nutrition

A person usually acquires their eating habits during early childhood. Therefore, healthy lunches lead to healthier nutrition choices later on in life.

  • Prevent Obesity and Improve Health

School lunches that provide more calories than a child needs to maintain a healthy body weight can lead to obesity. This can also lead to health problems later on in life.

  • Increase Consumption of Vital Nutrients

Children who eat fast food frequently consume more fat and calories and fewer essential nutrients, including calcium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It is important that lunch is a well-balanced meal to ensure that your child receives good nutrition.

Break out of the “school lunch” routine with these easy lunchbox ideas:

Option 1:

  • Turkey & Cheddar Rollup
  • Fresh Berries
  • Yoghurt
  • Trail Mix

Option 2:

  • Cheese Quesadilla
  • Guacamole or Salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Strawberries

Option 3:

  • Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Baby Carrots
  • Almonds

Adding a bottle of water to your child’s lunch is a great way to keep them hydrated and to encourage your child to choose water over sugary beverages like fruit juice or soda.

 

 

By | 2017-11-06T14:39:34+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Healthy Choices|

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First 5 Inyo County
Mission: Recognizing that current research in brain development of young children indicates that the emotional, physical and intellectual environment in which a child grows up is critical to that child’s development, First 5 Inyo County is committed to enhancing communities to support and ensure child health, child development, school readiness, and family functioning. Vision: All children in Inyo County will thrive in supportive, nurturing, and safe environments, enter school healthy and ready to learn, and become integrated, contributing members of society. Goals: Ensure children 0-5 receive timely and adequate health services to prevent, detect, and treat health issues. Improve the development of children 0-5 and promote successful transition to school. Support optimal parenting and family self-sufficiency. Improve systems of care and leverage existing resources throughout Inyo County.
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