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August 22, 2012
Healthy Lunches Make Healthy Kids
Almost one out of five children in the US is overweight or obese and sadly, this trend is not slowing down. Overweight and obese children face an increased risk of falling into the same category as adults, thus placing them at risk for many medical conditions when they grow older.
Two important factors that play a role in a child’s weight are activity level and diet. Packing your children’s lunches with nutritious and healthy foods will not only give them energy to get through the day but also establish good eating habits that can last a lifetime. Here are some ideas for lunches and after school snacks.
- Instead of a basic sandwich on white bread mix it up by making wraps with tortillas made of whole wheat.
- Single portions of unsweetened applesauce or fruit without added sugar.
- Baby carrots, celery sticks, or apple slices with dips made with yogurt, hummus, or salsa.
- Pack pretzels or baked chips in their lunches.
- Individual low fat yogurt or cottage cheese packages.
- Avoid juices. Instead pack drinks made from water with a splash of a flavor.
- Air-popped popcorn. Avoid the heavy butter flavor.
- Trail mix.
- Seedless grapes along with low-fat cheese cubes.
- Cold strips of grilled chicken with honey mustard dip.
- Low fat cheese spread on whole wheat crackers.