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Packing the Perfect Lunch for School

By Donna Stark

There are a lot of things that can overwhelm us when the new school year starts but your child's lunch shouldn't be one of them! You shouldn't be worried about receiving disapproving comments or disappointed looks at pickup, and you definitely shouldn't be throwing away perfectly good, uneaten food at the end of the day. But how can you keep your child happy and excited to eat everything you pack when you aren't around to encourage them? Well, your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have some suggestions. Take a look at what they recommend below.

Don't Be Fancy

Unless your children are used to eating extravagant meals every day, save the show for another time. They don't need fancy finger sandwiches or curled carrot ribbons on top of their crackers. They just want to eat, and more than likely, they don't care about all that extra work you put into it. So instead of trying to make your child's lunch picture-worthy, just pack their favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich and send them off to school.

Be Realistic

School lunchtimes can be short! Some children have as little as 15 minutes to eat which isn't a lot of time at all, especially when there are friends to joke around with. The best thing you can do when packing your child's lunch is to remember this and to pack wisely. Now is not the time to try new foods or to expect them to eat something they have issues with eating at home. Just try to aim for as much balance as you can get in there. A sandwich, a piece of fruit, a little snack, and some water is a perfectly acceptable lunch.

Pack Less, Not More

If you find that you are throwing away a lot of uneaten or half-eaten food, you may need to cut back on what you send. Try packing fewer options and smaller quantities. Stick to half a sandwich, fewer pretzels, and a handful of grapes instead of an entire sub, a bag of chips, and a whole apple. You can always toss in a granola bar or some other non-perishable and healthy snack as backup or just bring a snack to the end-of-day pickup. Your child won't starve with less food and will definitely tell you if they need more.

Packing the Perfect Lunch 

There is so much to look forward to this year and it all begins with great nutrition and good health, so try to incorporate the tips above as often as you can. You simply can't go wrong with anything that makes the year go by easier! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peachtree Corners, Ga.

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