Healthier Times: Packing a Healthy Lunch

Pg A13 - Amber Pankonin PhotoIt’s back to school season and for many parents and caregivers that means back to packing lunches. It’s a very exciting time, but can also be a stressful time for parents and caregivers. How can you save time and pack a healthy lunch?

First, be sure to have the right tools on hand for packing a safe lunch. Purchasing an insulated lunch bag, ice packs, and containers with lids are important for keeping food tasting fresh and also safe.

The second step is making sure that you have planned ahead by completing a shopping list. It’s best to have a list when shopping so that you’re not tempted to fill the cart with items that might not be necessary.

When making that list, think about what a healthy lunch should consist of – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low fat dairy. Many fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, and baby carrots are easily portable. And roasted deli meats paired with cheese slices and whole wheat crackers are always kid friendly.

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