Back to School Lunchbox Makeover

August 27, 2013

Back to school is here and eating healthy is one of the top things you can do to help your child succeed. Find out SupermarketGuru's top tips here

Back to school is here and it’s always a confusing time for parents to figure out what to pack in those brown bag lunches. We all know by now that healthy eating has been proven to contribute to higher rates of success in school age kids and keeps them healthy.

One of the most effective ways of encouraging nutritious eating in children is for the whole family to make adjustments to their eating habits and the kinds of foods that fill the refrigerator and cabinets. So, trade junk foods for more healthy fruits and vegetables. The entire family is more likely to eat healthier foods if they are in the house; so leave those not-so-healthy foods on the supermarket shelves! Stock your refrigerator with ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables, this way your family is more likely to snack on them.

Healthy eating is for the whole family, “back-to-school” is a great opportunity for a healthy makeover. Here are some healthy eating tips for the school year:

• Bring your child grocery shopping with you. Pick and choose foods to go in the lunch box together.
• Some great easy snacks include grapes and berries, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots and sliced red peppers.
• Prepare for your weekly meals in advance. Don’t buy food at the last minute. You may end up buying whatever is available, instead of stopping to think of what foods are healthy.
• Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home. With this information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.
• Try to get your child's school to stock healthy choices such as fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, water and 100 percent fruit juice in the vending machines.
• Be patient with your child’s eating habits. Kids are picky. They may not want to try five new foods at once. However, they may be more willing to try one new food per week.
• Network with the mom’s in the neighborhood on their meal selections. Find out what they are feeding their children. You may grab some great ideas for your kid’s lunchbox!
• Keep track of new products available at your local supermarket. Phil regularly includes great ‘lunch box friendly’ options in the weekly New Product Hits and Misses Video.

Numerous manufacturers have already begun to develop and deliver healthy products currently available in your local grocery store. Keep your eyes open. There may be a product that both you and your children will enjoy! wishes you a happy and healthy school year!