By: Jessica Roy, MS, RD, LDN
Back to school in my house brings a combination of excitement and anxiety, for both my kids, myself, and husband. We are all excited to see friends on a regular basis and get back to a learning environment, yet a little thoughtful about the set routine and all the moving parts required to get everyone where he or she is going. Throw in the added element of (somewhat) picky eaters and the burden of packing a tasty and balanced lunch with snacks, some caregivers may be in a panic. Read on for a few tips and tricks to make the nutrition part of your day a bit easier!
- Choice – Foster a sense of independence by allowing your kiddo to pick from 3-4 acceptable options for snacks. For example, arrange a piece of fruit, a preferred snack food, veggie sticks with dip, and cheese sticks on the counter. Ask your child to choose 2 snacks to include in the school bag.
- Color – Increase visual appeal of eating using fun lunch containers and eating utensils, and of course the food. Adding a colorful array of produce along with the main item goes a long way to helping kids feel interested in what is available.
- Variety – Create a bento box of small portions of multiple items to allow for different tastes. For example, a lunch may be a handful of berries, 1 square of cheese, 3-4 whole wheat crackers, 5 baby carrots with dip, and 1 square of chocolate.
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