Our children’s health is our biggest responsibility. With so many daily temptations from cookies, soda, sport drinks, chips and fast food, our children’s health are always in danger of taking a turn for the worst. As parents, breakfast and dinner are usually in our control since they are enjoyed at home. Lunch is usually when kids tend to make poor decisions on eating. In order to ensure our kids eat healthy, making lunch at home is key.
Fresh foods are always a safe bet in guaranteeing optimal health for your kid’s school lunch. Some of the issues with many foods provided at schools involve them being processed, coming from unnatural sources and containing excess sugars and salt. The more unnatural products your kids take, the less nutrients they are absorbing and the worst their bodies will feel. This can then lead to poor sluggish energy and poor performance in school. Preparing lunch at home lets you stay in control of what goes into your child’s body.
Healthy Meal Options
So what comes to mind when you think of healthy lunch for your kids? One of the best meal options available is from the Paleo diet, which uses all natural ingredients and provides little to no preservatives or unknown food products. Paleo meals provide optimal nutrition benefits compared to the standard USDA meal plan. Natural foods such as salads with nuts, beef, salmon, loin, fruits and vegetables are all perfect ways to ensure your kids are getting the best nutrients in each meal.
Another benefit to making lunch at home is being able to have conversations with your kids about what they might like. School lunches tend to me very cyclical and if a child doesn’t like something, they won’t eat for the day. Talking to you kids, lets you know what they like and makes them more excited about a lunch they helped choose.
When prepping lunch, be sure to add healthy snack options your kids will enjoy. The biggest way to curb poor eating judgement is to ensure kids have healthy options in between meals. Instead of the usual grab and go lunches, try more natural snack options. Items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are great options to keep your kids full in between meals and help them avoid temptation of sweets.
No one but you and your kids should get to decide what goes in their body. Through communication and simple prep, a home prepped school lunch will make all the difference in keeping your kids healthy and energized as they tackle their long day.