This is a collaborative post by Emila Bell about the link between health and school lunches.
Every kid has a favorite dish or two. Often, they are sweet things that aren’t so healthy. As a parent, it’s difficult to pack school lunches that are kid-appealing and healthy.
Containers like the bento lunch box can make a huge difference when it comes to appeal and organization. Put simply, your kid’s lunch box should contain nutritious ingredients that are also attractive enough to make the food appealing.
How to Pack Kid-Appealing, Healthy Lunch Boxes
The Lunch Box Design
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Sometimes kids are quick to judge the taste of the food by the appearance of the container. Kids are lovely and they like attractive things. The choice of lunch box you make for your kids will have a great influence on whether they like what is in it or not.
Creativity in the design is all it takes. Try to choose a lunch box that makes all the contents visible when opened. Still, you can make a choice of lunch kit that allows you to make an attractive arrangement of the food you pack in it.
Favorite Characters for Little Kids
You will be surprised at how easily kids will gobble up everything in a lunch kit just because it has the picture of their favorite character.
Bigger Boxes for Older Kids
It’s also hard to figure out how much food to pack for your kids. You may pack too much or too little. Remember that older kids not only require more nutrition but also more food to keep them full.
For the older kids, be sure to choose a lunch box that is large enough to carry the foods your kid needs while putting the various types of foods in the compartments inside the box.
Know What to Pack
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Many parents make the mistake of assuming that the meals that will make their kids happy are the best. Don’t be one of them. It is important to understand that vegetables, fruits, protein sources, and grains should be included in the lunchbox.
It helps to involve your kid during lunch box preparation. Even more important, let them know the importance of having certain types of food for lunch. Having a lunch box with compartments make it easier to include various sources of protein and nutrients.
Although lunch packing can be a daunting task, involving your kids and using good lunch containers, the process can be easier. This will help the kids eat healthily and be happy with their food options.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.