Tips for Packing Easy and Healthy School Lunches

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The new school year has arrived along with the nightly chore of packing lunches. From getting your child involved in the preparation to finding that perfect balance between healthy and tasty – here are some tips for creating A+ school lunches.

Back to school season is quickly approaching, along with the parental responsibility to create fun and healthy lunches that your child will actually eat! The goal of building a nutritious lunch box is ensuring that the meal will provide your child with enough energy to sustain them throughout the afternoon. Fatigue and irritability associated with a poor lunch may impact your child’s ability to learn, connect with peers or retain important information. Here are three tips for building an A+ lunch box for your child this school year:

Carrot Fries

Ingredients

1 pound of carrots
Cooking spray
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Peel the carrots and cut them into strips about ¼-inch thick and a few inches long.
  3. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray and spread the carrots onto it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake 15 minutes. Flip them over and coat them with a bit more cooking spray, salt and pepper; bake another 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/4 recipe
Serves 4

Calories: 45; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 370mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 1g.

Recipe and Nutrition Information Modified From: Eatright.org

By Tara Lavelle, Roper St. Francis volunteer and graduate student in Human Nutrition at Winthrop University

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4 responses to “Tips for Packing Easy and Healthy School Lunches”

  1. Hi, It is a very inspiring article about engaging children and inspiring them in selecting lunch items.
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