Information from Public Health – Lunchbox Essentials!

Posted September 11, 2018

Are you getting back into the habit of packing school lunches? A balanced lunch includes a variety of foods to keep your child full and able to learn best. Try to include at least one food item from each of these 4 categories in your child’s lunch every day.

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Protein-rich Foods (beans, lentils, chickpeas, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, plain yogurt, plain milk)
  • Whole Grains & Starchy Vegetables (whole grain pasta or bread, potatoes, corn)

Top 5 Tips:

  1. Keep peeled and cut veggies and fruit on hand in the fridge, ready to grab and go! Try to include a fruit or veggie at every meal and snack.
  2. Involve your kids in planning and making school lunches. They’re more likely to eat food they helped make and they build valuable life skills in the kitchen!
  3. Save time and use your leftovers for school lunches.
  4. Include a reusable water bottle every day.
  5. Check out UnlockFood.ca  for school lunch tips and recipes.

 

 

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