Some school districts no longer allow sodas and other "high-fat, high-sugar" fast foods and snacks in schools. This includes vending machines and fast food vendors on campus. The amount of salt, sugar, and fat in breakfasts and lunches served at many schools is also changing. Most lunches provide enough calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and milk, but may be high in fat and low in fruit, vegetables, and fiber. Children who have choices may choose the higher fat items and skip vegetables. Go through the menus with your child. Teach your kids about healthy foods and making good choices.
Buying a monthly lunch pass can save you time, cost less, and be healthier than letting your child get fast food or buy from the vending machine. It can work well if your children eat in the cafeteria some days, bring lunch from home other days, and sometimes use lunch money to make their own choices.
Packing lunches may seem like it takes too much time when you're in a rush. With a little planning and creativity, you can provide a healthy lunch that doesn’t take a lot of time. If you are a working parent, fixing lunches the night before can really help during the morning time crunch. If you save leftovers that your child would enjoy, put them in single-serving containers that can go right into the lunch box. You don't have to pack a sandwich. Instead you could send:
Many lunch boxes come with a cold pack so that you can safely pack milk and other items that need to stay cold.
It’s also helpful if you: