Want to help your kids stay focused and energized throughout the school day? Masha Fox-Rabinovich, outpatient dietitian at Washington Adventist Hospital, offers these easy suggestions for packing a balanced lunch with punch!
- Protein and fiber help to keep us fuller longer. Foods such as turkey, cheese and peanut butter are high in protein. Combine the protein with the fiber in whole-grain bread, and you have a kid-friendly sandwich that will keep kids fueled up all day.
- Always include vegetables for added fiber and nutrients. Carrots, celery, cucumber slices or cherry tomatoes go great alongside any sandwich.
- Empty calories from the loads of sugar in soda and juice can cause an energy crash and contribute to weight gain. Best drinking option? Water!
- Save the vending machine money, and pack healthy snacks. Try baked chips, popcorn, string cheese or unsalted nuts.
- What about dessert? Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth with healthy alternatives such as Greek yogurt with fruit, pudding or homemade baked goods such as oatmeal raisin cookies or fruit mu ns.