Student Lunches

Eating 3 square meals a day that are all health conscious is not easy for everyone.  Students in particular, are either bombarded with greasy, carbohydrate laden foods at the hot bar, or at times there is very little selection to a variety of foods.  With these options, it can be very difficult to have a healthy carb conscious lunch, while trying to watch the calories.

Packing a lunch from home would be the healthy and cheaper alternative to the school lunch.  In the packed lunch, be sure to base the meal around protein (meatballs and marinara, deli meat and cheese, etc) and include a side of vegetables and fruit (carrot sticks, cucumber slices, pineapple chunks, apples, celery). 

If the school lunches are already included to your tuition, then examine how you can purchase the healthier options.  Which would be the better choice, cheesy bread sticks with tomato sauce or a chicken patty? Would the better side dish be the French fries or the cheesy broccoli?  Ask yourself which would fill you up sooner.  The chicken patty has protein and will probably satisfy you before the bread sticks, as would the fiber filled broccoli over the French fries. 

Childhood obesity is a rising concern in America.  Many issues such as fast foods, lack of exercise, and even school lunch selection, may be a contributing problem, but also the issue may be the amount of foods eaten at home as well as the food choices available in the home.  A refrigerator stocked with fruits, vegetables, cheese, and deli meats are all excellent options for a child to choose from over pudding and soda pop.  There are plenty of foods that can be stored in the cupboard that are healthier choices, such as beef jerky, dried fruits, and peanut butter.  When your child raids the kitchen, have the healthier options to aid in weight loss, and to prevent weight gain.

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