5 tips for packing healthy lunches
Encourage your kids to embrace healthy foods by keeping these tips in mind
Teach kids to embrace healthy eating
Nutrition education in classrooms is an important part of turning kids into healthy eaters. And while teachers may do a great job of educating students on healthy food, parents play the key role. Here are ways parents can support teachers and encourage kids to embrace healthy foods.
Lighten up lunch
Pack a junk-food-free lunch for your kids (if you have teens who make their own lunch, make sure healthy options are front and centre in the fridge). If all the students in a class are eating fresh fruit, vegetables and non-processed foods, a healthy eating environment will flourish.
Send smart snacks
For birthdays or holiday celebrations, parents often send in treats for the class. Stick to creative, fun, nutritious snacks such as fruit kebabs.
Share your knowledge
If you have expertise in nutrition or health, you could be a great resource for the teacher and students. Approach your kids’ school to see if you can present a lesson on healthy eating.
In Stratford, Ont., where I teach, we’ve linked farmers and chefs with local schools to share their produce knowledge and cooking skills. Talk to your school council about whether this might work at your child’s school.