School lunches: Are you prepared to go back to school?
School starts in Colchester, Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Then a short break for Labor Day. What is a good lunch plan for a child in town? Buy their lunch at school or bring a lunch from home.
Here is some advice to assist in making the decision. Please see the link for Colchester School District which also contains school lunch menus.
It’s a good idea to have a lunch box, whether for daily use, or occasional field trips, no interest in cafeteria menu on any given day, etc.
Character lunch boxes are still popular, but recyclable cloth varieties from L.L. Bean, for example, tend to keep the food cool till lunchtime. Also, small freezer packs are available.
The trend seems to be individual servings of food in a variety of containers. Finger foods or foods which can be dipped in a sauce, items that can be mixed and matched for enjoyable combinations are most often eaten.
Protein is important for healthy growing bodies. Those who prefer a sandwich with whole wheat bread or roll, cheese, meat or tuna fish, and lettuce, is an excellent source.
Or cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese slices with carrots, apples or whole grain crackers are another idea. Beans, tofu, nuts and seeds are other options.
Carbohydrates provide energy that is needed throughout the day. Strive for complex carbohydrates which will burn more efficiently in the body than, sugary treats.
Whole grain bread, rice, carrots, broccoli, strawberries, bananas, apples, just to name a few in the grain, vegetables and fruit source categories.
Yes, everyone does need an amount of fat in their diet to keep the body functioning properly. This can generally be found in dairy, meat, oils, and nuts. Use sparingly.
The healthiest beverages are water or 1% milk. Do your best to avoid soda, energy drinks, Kool-Aid or juice. For the most part, these are empty calories. A glass of juice at breakfast is sufficient.
Give treats once and a while. It’ll bring a smile to your loved one’s face. In this Examiner’s house, there’s a rule: “you can have a cookie/brownie/treat if you make it from scratch.” This either deters them or you have a fun family project!
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