Oct. 10, 2013 Michael Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13-19 is national school lunch week
DANVILLE, Pa. – Packing lunches for your children to take to school? A little variety can go a long way in helping to keep kids healthy and giving them something a little more appealing than a standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
“When packing lunches for your child, try to remember the different food groups,” said Allison Lamma, registered dietitian, Geisinger Medical Center. “Look for the whole grain, the protein, the fruits and vegetables and the dairy among the items from which you have to choose.”
Lamma suggests a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole grain bread as an easy way to incorporate many of the food groups together—grains, protein and dairy. He/she added that incorporating snack bags of sliced apples or grapes and baby carrots or cucumber slices can help achieve a balanced and nutritious lunch.
Lamma also recommends some basic tips for healthy “brown bag” lunches:
“Getting your child to eat the healthy lunch is the next hurdle,” said Lamma. “Recruit your kids to help prepare their lunches. They may be more inclined to eat it if they were involved in the packing.”