Gateway Gazette

Turner Valley School ~ Thinking Outside the (Lunch) Box!

Fun, nutritious, delicious… you can have it all when it comes to helping your child eat well at school!

1. Ask them!

Give them the final say among a few healthy choices,

“Do you want a pear or grapes today?”

“Milk or 100% orange juice?”

“Salsa or salad dressing for dipping your veggies?”

“Want your turkey on whole grain bread, a bun, or in a wrap?”

2. Mix it up!

Lunch doesn’t always have to be about sandwiches: leftovers from last night’s supper, cold pancakes or waffles, perogies, soft-shelled tacos… keep them guessing! Be as creative as possible — try to include lots of bright colours. Kids love fun containers — take your child to the dollar store and let them pick some out.

3. Avoid pre-packaged lunches!

(they tend to be high in salt and fat) Make your own with low-fat cheese sticks and lower-fat meats cut into shapes, or give them pita bread with tomato sauce, cheese and toppings to make their own mini-pizza.

For more ideas check out the link: http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/pdf/healthy_lunch_box.pdf

(Thanks to Barb Hazenveld for the info.)

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