Parents Receive F's in Packing Lunches
COLUMBIA - Parents hope for their children to try their hardest and make good grades in school, but University of Texas researchers found that when it comes to making lunches for their children more than half of parents are receiving an f. With school back in session the morning rush is on to get the kids out the door and at school on time. Even though Lunchables are quick and easy, dietitian Paula Vandelicht says it is not always the healthiest.
If you are worried that your children won't eat a healthier lunch Vandelicht says an easy solution to fixing that is to make their lunches full of healthy colorful food.
"The more color you have the more fun you can have by using cookie cutters to cut shapes in their sandwiches. Yah, maybe it's a whole wheat bread, but if it's cut into something they enjoy it'll be more exciting in their lunch."
Another way to get you kids to eat their healthier lunches is to take them shopping and get them involved in what goes into their lunch.
The foods that parents most often forget to pack are the ones with vitamins and minerals needed to improve their kids' mental function.
"An easy way to stay economical and healthy is to shop at farmers markets and purchase what is in season," says Vandelicht.
In the end with healthier lunches Vandelicht says that your children will stay healthier and reduce the number of doctor visits.