A successful lunch includes more than just healthy foods. If your children are not excited about the contents of their lunch boxes, they may end up trading to the highest cookie bidder. Here are some tips to ensure food ends up in their bellies and not in the trash: 1. Plan an adventure to the grocery store with your child. Encourage your children to participate in the creation process. This can be both fun and educational. It can also renew your child’s interest in the foods put in her lunch box. 2. Teach your children the food groups and give them parent-approved options from which to choose. According to the Healthy Eating Plate from the Harvard School of Public Health, a nutritious meal should contain:
3. Peanut butter is out! Recent studies have shown the rate of peanut allergies is steadily increasing. It is now commonplace to find schools forbidding the use of peanut butter to protect those who may be allergic. Try these tree nut/seed alternatives:
— By Calvin Kwan, ND, naturopathic doctor and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
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