If only school foodservice lunches were all that they should be, we could embrace the ease and know we were giving our
Pack a Healthy Lunch You Can Stand By
children what they need. However, we still have a long way to go in most school cafeterias before that confidence can be earned. So with too little time in the day, succumbing convenience is both tempting and way too practical. Throwing together a few single serving, prepared items and calling it lunch may serve your immediate need when fixing lunch is the last thing you want to do, but sending your child off to school with a selection of highly processed foods will undermined your best of intentions in the long term. Too much saturated fat, sodium, lack of fiber and calorie dense, nutrient void foods will counter your child’s ability to meet the day fully. There is enough evidence to link a healthy lunch with better memory, cognitive function and academic achievement. And, so I refer you to the Cooking Light website, which offers 22 lunchbox ideas that are easy enough and focuses on healthy, whole foods that will benefit your child today and well into adulthood.
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