Back-to-school is a time to start fresh – and that includes rethinking kids’ lunchtime routines. With childhood obesity affecting nearly one in five children in the U.S., you may be concerned about keeping your young ones at a healthy weight. “Packing their school lunches is a great way to keep their nutrition on track,” says Christopher Raab, MD, with LVPG Pediatrics–Easton.
As you’re filling their lunch box, aim for veggies and fruits to make up half of the meal. For the rest, use whole grains and proteins such as lean poultry or beef, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, and tofu or other soy products.