Pack Your Child a Healthy Lunch

vpaulose By vpaulose, 5th Nov 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2_30zora/
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Packing lunch to the school going child is a global problem today. Most of the parents are shocked when they find their children have not eaten anything from their lunch box. Some kids would have just nibbled a little and brought back the rest. Some children would have thrown the content into waste. Just read on these few lines to meet your challenge.

Packing lunch to school is really a challenge

Packing lunch to the school going child is the most challenging task to the modern mom. Making the child eat something in the morning and preparing him/her to get ready for school with the lunch box... Oh, how much hectic! Morning dawns to most of the moms with the worry, “What shall I pack in my child’s lunch box today?” Most of the moms start the day hopefully that they had packed a good healthy lunch for their children but end the day with whining of their children and uneaten food in the lunch box.

Packing lunch to school is really a challenge

When the mom finds that child has not eaten what she packed for his lunch, she is much worried and it is a serious health problem for the child. Unsuccessful packing lunch means frustration for the mom as well as for the child. Here are a few tips to pack healthy lunch that your child will eat.

Ten tips to pack healthy lunch that your child will like to eat


1) Pack the lunch box with food that your child will like to eat. At the same time you have to choose items that would provide balanced nutrition. A typical lunch includes a low-fat dairy product, a protein food, and a fruit. It can be a combination of meat, egg, peanut butter, tuna, bread and crackers. Children usually like these items.

2) A milk combination can be a choice for beverage. It supplies the calcium children need most. High-sugar and high-calorie drinks should be avoided. Water can replace beverages.

3) Purchase foods that your child likes. It can be in three categories: 1) foods such as lean meat, bread, eggs, etc. 2) fruits,and 3) vegetables. Choose at least one from each daily.

4) Children always compare what others eat. Perhaps they may have their own choice. Talk to them to find out their choice. Children may involve in purchasing foods for their lunch box. But you should see if it is balanced in nutrition.

5) Make the packing colorful. Children appreciate colors and designs. Varieties and textures make them like their food.

6) Lunch can be packed with creative ideas. For example, You can sprinkle raisins over a celery stick smeared with peanut butter and make it into a creative “ants on a log”.

7) Provision of dips for fruits and vegetables will be appealing to children. Frozen and dried fruits can be chosen if fresh ones are not available.

8) Favorite soups, and drinks can be packed in thermos during cold season. Soups of beans and vegetables are ideal.

9) You should be careful in keeping the lunch foods stay in good condition when the child eats it. Children will not like saggy and unappealing things at their lunch time. Hot should be hot and cold should be cold.

10) Most important of all these tips is the time sense of lunch break and the ability of your child to eat what you have packed.

Make your child’s lunch break an additional fun time with the things you send him in his packing. Children usually would like to sit together and make the lunch break a pleasant time.

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Children, Healthy, Make Packing Pleasant, Many Return, Moms Challenge, Moms Worry, Packing Lunch, Sharing With The Child, Uneaten Packs, Whining

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Healthy meals are very important for all of us but especially when we are young and trying to learn at school.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Guruji.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
5th Nov 2012 (#)

These are excellent tips my friend. Nutrition is very important for children. People reading this should take to heart about the tips that you gave. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Modern lifestyle does not allow this. Thank you dear.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Pack it, yes... But, how does a parent know it is being eaten ?!

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author avatar DuitByJames
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Very true. My children have told me they traded nutrition for cookies and candy at school but now the shoes are on their feet; trying to make sure their children are eating the lunch packed for them.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Parents have to try. Thank you dear James.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

That is another problem of the parent. Thank you dear.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Mostly the children also do not like to eat healthy ones, rather they chose tasty but unhealthy stuff. That's a challenge for parents to make them choose the right ones. Another interesting issue is that parents here love to see their children healthy meaning a bit 'fatty' just opposite to the West.
Anyway thanks for sharing.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Picky eating is the fashion today. Thank you dear Harim.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Sorry dear brother Karim.

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author avatar Vartika
5th Nov 2012 (#)

It is indeed a big question - what do I pack for lunch today. I always try to make it nutritious and visually appealing. I am thankful to my fussy son who has a made me a better cook and forced me become innovative with his food.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Vartika.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Great Article and food choices! This is very important subject! Thank you!!!

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Judy, my sister.

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