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With the first week of classes underway for many students in the Ozarks, The University of Missouri Extension of Nutrition and Health Education is offering a few options for packing healthy school lunches that children will enjoy. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.
Nutritionists say the first step to a healthy lunch is cleanliness. Make sure to wash your child’s lunch box and all fruits and vegetables before you begin packing. Also, make sure your child understands the proper way to wash their hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
The second trick to a healthy lunch and a happy child is giving them choices between several healthy foods. A balanced lunch is recommended to contain a fruit, a vegetable, protein, and dairy.
The final tip is that variety is the spice of lunch. Not only can you vary the actual food in your child’s lunch but also vary how it is prepared. Keep in mind lunch should be fun because children are fun-oriented. The traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be cut into many shapes and the jelly into many faces.
Studies show that well-nourished children have a better chance for success in school since they have the fuel and energy needed to learn and play.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers