Edible Berkshires

THE HEALTHY LUNCH BOX

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Lunch Boxes courtesy of The Gifted Child, Lenox, MA

As a parent you want only what is best for your child. However, if your child is a picky eater, packing a school lunch can seem like more eff ort than its worth. (Sorry, Mom!) Sometimes it’s just easier to give your child lunch money and hope for the best. Truth be told, public school cafeteria food is not the best choice. The frozen pizza and French fries served to students will not provide them with the nutrition necessary for sustained energy and focus during the school day.

So how can you provide nutritious food for your little eater while reducing the chance your packed lunch will be traded for a package of Ring Dings? Here are some suggestions for putting together healthy, tasty school lunches.

INVOLVE THE EATER

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TO YOUR HEALTH: Five Tips for a Healthier Diet and a Healthier You

Want to feel better and enjoy better health? Here are five small changes to improve your eating habits for good.

  • Strategize. Sit down with your favorite cookbook and a blank calendar and fill in at least five days worth of meals. Include breakfast, lunch, dinner and one or two snacks for each day. You can cook some items ahead of time—for example, a big pot of rice—and plug in meals incorporating rice during the week. You can also design the meal plan to match your schedule. If you know on Wednesday you won’t get home until 9pm and you’ll be really hungry, prepare double portions of dinner the night before. From this meal plan you can make a shopping list and purchase everything you need for the whole week. Having this strategy in place will keep you organized and efficient in the kitchen, allowing you to quickly put together healthy
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