As a parent you want only what is best for your child. However, if your child is a picky eater, packing a school lunch can seem like more eff ort than its worth. (Sorry, Mom!) Sometimes it’s just easier to give your child lunch money and hope for the best. Truth be told, public school cafeteria food is not the best choice. The frozen pizza and French fries served to students will not provide them with the nutrition necessary for sustained energy and focus during the school day.
So how can you provide nutritious food for your little eater while reducing the chance your packed lunch will be traded for a package of Ring Dings? Here are some suggestions for putting together healthy, tasty school lunches.
INVOLVE THE EATER
First and foremost, involve your child in all stages of creating her or his lunch, including planning and shopping. A tool that I have found valuable is the use of a blank calendar. Sit down with your child and brainstorm a list of lunches and snacks. From this list, plug five days’ worth of meals into the blank calendar. Give your child choices: “Do you want raisins or apples with this meal?”
By doing this together, your child can take ownership over his/her lunches, making it less likely he/she will trade it away, and you are better able to visualize and make sure all nutritional bases are being covered.… Read the rest