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:
- Turkey & Cheddar Rollup
- Fresh Berries
- Trail Mix
- Cheese Quesadilla
- Guacamole or Salsa
- Tortilla Chips
- Bagel with Cream Cheese
- Baby Carrots
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.