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Satisfying School Lunch: How to Make It Happen

By Virginia Laird

Packing a school lunch that meets your needs and will keep your kids happy at lunch can be somewhat stressful. Still, it is necessary that you take the steps needed to carefully pack a lunch that is well-balanced and meets the needs of the body, rather than the cravings that may lie in wait. While your children may not be as excited as you are about this, later they will thank you for your insistence on balanced meals. A few things to consider when packing your child's lunch include:

  • Skip packing sugary treats
  • Rely on water for hydration 
  • Pack a balanced meal

Skip Packing Sugary Treats

Treats loaded with sugar can be detrimental to your child's school day. Although many parents believe cookies, cakes, candy, and other sweet treats are harmless, packing these items in a school lunch can increase the chances of your child experiencing a sugar crash before the end of the day. This can lead to sleepiness in class and trouble focusing. Consuming limited amounts of sugar is best when trying to help your child be successful at school. To satisfy your child's sweet tooth, consider packing Greek yogurt, fruit, or another healthy replacement. 

Rely on Water for Hydration

Soda, juice, and sports drinks are among the most popular beverages for school lunches. While there are many who will have a lunch loaded with sugary drinks, water is the best beverage to pack. Water helps the body maintain proper hydration while skipping any empty calories. It is advised that everyone consume at least half of their body weight in ounces each day. Packing a bottle of water in your child's lunch can help them reach that goal daily. 

Pack a Balanced Meal

A well-balanced lunch can be what every child needs to maintain focus and energy throughout the school day. This would mean that your child needs protein, veggies, and fruit in their packed lunch. There is no need to stress about how to achieve this. Peanut butter, almonds, lunch meat, and many other items offer protein that can be simple enough for your child to handle while at lunch. Now is the time to get your children started on the routine of a well-balanced lunch so that they are ready for their lunchtime goodies. 

Start right away making the necessary changes to your child's lunch to help them remain healthy and form healthy eating habits.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Georgetown, Tex.

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