(BPT) - As kids get ready to head back to school, it’s time for parents to break out the lunch boxes and start planning for school lunches. The good news is that packing a healthy, nutritious school lunch - that’s also kid-approved - may be easier than most parents think.
“Packing the perfect school lunch is about ensuring all five food groups are covered, choosing foods within those groups that kids like and adding variety to the lunch box to keep kids interested,” says Elizabeth Somer, a nationally-recognized registered dietitian and author. “Getting kids involved in the lunch packing process isn’t just a great way to ensure kids are getting a lunch they’re excited about, it’s also a good opportunity to begin to teach children about nutrition and health.”
To make the school lunch packing process fun and easy, Somer and Horizon Organic, a leading organic dairy brand, partnered to create a back-to-school resource called “5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please.” So what are the five lunch needs and why are they important? Somer outlines the essential food groups and explains why kids need all five for a balanced lunch.
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