Girl eating watermelon

Written by Andrea Mathis, a Licensed/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Owner of Beautiful Eats & Things


Summer vacation is slowly coming to an end which means back-to-school prep is in full effect!

Speaking of school lunches, my kids are extremely particular about what they eat! As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I am also particular about the foods they eat. I want to make sure that are eating wholesome foods that are packed with some essential vitamins and minerals.

Here are a few of my tips for providing a Nutritious School Lunch:

  • Get your kids involved: When preparing my kid’s lunch, I bring them into the kitchen and let them help me put everything together! Yes, they may try to sneak a snack or two, but they really enjoy feeling that they’ve had a part in preparing a meal.
  • Include fresh fruit and veggies: Try to include fresh fruit and/or veggies whenever possible. Sometimes, I will add a fun fruit dip to keep interesting!
  • Portion out dessert items: Instead of giving your kids a whole snack bag of cookies/treats, take a few out of the package to pack in their lunch, and save the rest for the next day. This will help to cut down on the amount of non-nutritive, sugary foods they consume daily!
  • Limit juice and sodas: Consider packing water instead of juice or sodas. These items contain a lot of sugar and usually very few nutritional benefits. If your child insists on having juice, try adding fresh fruit to the water to sweeten it naturally.

I hope that you received some helpful lunch inspiration that will kick-off your school year in the right, healthy direction!


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