Monday Medical: What’s cooking in the lunchroom?
September 20, 2010
Healthy lunch options
■ Let your child help. Children often are more willing to eat foods they help choose or prepare.
■ Find creative ways to include fresh vegetables. Pack bite-size veggies and a low-fat dip. Sneak veggies on sandwiches. Fill celery with peanut butter.
■ Use whole-grain breads. Cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. For variety, add whole wheat crackers instead of bread.
■ Choose lean meats: turkey, chicken, water-packed tuna, lean ham and roast beef.
■ Include one serving of fruit. Prepackaged fruit and applesauce cups are popular with children.
■ Limit sweets. Graham crackers, fat-free pudding, sugar-free flavored gelatin and oatmeal cookies loaded with raisins are good lunch-box treats.