It is that time again! Summer passed by fast and now it is back to school! This means many kids will be buying their lunch in the school cafeteria.
Of course, the best option is to have your child bring their lunch from home so together you can create a delicious, well balanced, healthy meal. But, I realize that this is not always feasible and your child may have to select their lunch from the school cafeteria sometimes or more often.
Although school cafeterias have improved their foods nutritionally there are still fatty or high sugary foods for your child to choose. Kids could choose to eat a hot dog every day for example!
Help your child learn to pick healthier foods, vary their choices and eat a nutritious meal that will help them feel better, think better and perform better.The most important and key strategy is to avoid nagging at your child and make a discussion about healthy foods a "negative experience" for them.
Remember, we want to help kids build a fun, positive association with eating healthy. That is what the junk food advertisers do! They make it fun to eat their high sugar, high fat foods. We need to combat that with our own fun positive messaging about nutrition. Look at school lunch as another opportunity to talk with your child about healthy eating and how that helps their mind and body.
Here are a couple of tips to help you get your child making healthier choices in the school cafeteria:
- milk that is low fat or skim
- lean meats like white chicken meat or grilled lean hambergers
- fruits and vegetables should always be part of their meal
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