Every fall parents are faced with the lunch box challenge...meeting your child's nutritional needs despite lunches become boring over time.
Tips for Preparing Lunches
- Follow Canada’s Food Guide (external link) and include a food item from each food group:
- Vegetables and Fruits - think of a rainbow of choices (broccoli, carrots, blueberries, bananas)
- Protein Foods - smoothies, yogurt, cheese, Kefir, egg, legumes, lean meats and tofu
- Whole Grains - crackers, breads, pita
- Use fresh ingredients where possible.
- Choose nutritious drinks such as water, milk, or 100% fruit juice.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
- Limit processed foods (deli meats, pop, candy,cheese strings, chips)
- Use an insulated lunch bag to keep hot and cold foods at a safe temperature.
- Get your children involved in preparing meals and snacks. This is a great way for them to learn about healthy eating and start to pack their own lunches for school.