Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Healthy School Lunches 101 | Health
Wendy Palmer, a dietician at CHOA, showcased samples of lunches from local school cafeterias as well as examples of healthy bagged meals from home. Children invited helped identify healthy vs. non-healthy foods ... because there are a couple of items that might surprise you!
For example drinking one can of regular soda every day for one year equals more than 70 cups of sugar, while one 20 ounce bottle of regular soda contains as much sugar as 18 cookies.
If you want happy and healthy kids, please think about what goes in their plate. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories.
The key to choose the best food to put on your child's lunchbox is to always read the nutrition facts on the label. Don't be fooled by words like vegetable, organic or natural. Just because something is labeled as “good for you” it doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy. Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers.
Making sure your child's bagged-meals are healthy and balanced shouldn’t be a hard thing to do if you learn to follow a few basic nutrition standards that support a better health for our kids. When you are packing your child's lunch always make sure you are taking the following precautions:
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Switch to skim or 1% milk.
Vary your protein food choices.
Make at least half your grains whole grains.
Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
Is really all about letting kids enjoy the food they love however they must learn to eat less, and avoid over-sized portions. Continue our healthy lunch discussion on our blog and read our take on our favorite things to pack for lunch.