Lunch provides the midday boost that you and your child need for afternoon brainpower. Packing lunch with your child is also a great way to stay connected. What if your child is a choosy eater? This can be a sign your child is searching for more independence. Your child might benefit from packing their own lunch, while you have the opportunity to serve as a model for good nutrition behaviors. Use the five main food groups for you and your child to pack your lunch.
- Fruit—Apple, banana, peach, grapes, pear, strawberries
- Vegetable—Raw celery, edamame, cucumber, peppers, carrots, cherry tomatoes
- Protein—Chicken/turkey breast, tuna, peanut butter, handful of unsalted nuts, hummus, hard-boiled eggs
- Grain—Whole grain bread, bagel, muffin, steamed brown rice, quinoa
- Dairy—Cheese stick/cubes, low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk
Encourage your child to pick or add foods together from each category to make a well-balanced lunch!
“What’s for Lunch? It’s in the Bag,” (store.extension.iastate.edu/product/13900)