Roman J. Salamon
School Attendance Success - Packing Healthy Lunches
Children need to eat healthy, nutritious, and filling lunches in order to be successful in school. Instead of sending your kid to school to rely on hot lunches, make easy, affordable, and healthy lunches at home.
Remember, most kids are picky with what they eat, so keep it simple and fun. A fun lunch for kids to eat is the ever so popular "Lunchable". While this popular lunch flies off the shelves when school is in session, it is not a very healthy option for your children. With the simplest Lunchable combination being Turkey & Cheddar with Crackers, it has 9g of saturated fat, 65mg of cholesterol, and 1100mg of sodium. The good news is you can make your own, affordable, and healthy Lunchable right at home.
Tupperware with different compartments can be bought almost anywhere, for cheap (also reusable). Lunch meat and cheeses can be cut into different, fun shapes with cookie cutters. Dinner left-overs can also be placed in one compartment. Fruit, and veggies with peanut butter are also a good idea. Now of course, kids love sweets, so placing a small cookie or a few M&M's in a compartment would be an excellent idea, and a great way to get them excited about healthy eating.
Written by: Ella Nelson, Impact Coordinator of United Way of Rock River Valley