Health Watch -- Kids and Food: School Lunches
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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about nutrition for kids and how good habits learned early can have a lifelong impact. Lunch during the school day is important not only from a nutritional standpoint, but also because a nutritious lunch can help boost academic performance.
Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has some suggestions for nutritious lunches that are still kid-friendly. A classic sandwich with lean lunch meat or peanut butter on whole-wheat bread is a good source of protein. Kids often love small containers of foods like cottage cheese, yogurt in a tube, fruit cups or low-fat pudding. Substitute wheat crackers for potato chips and yogurt smoothies or milk for soft drinks. Make sure to include fruits and vegetables, like grapes, apple slices or baby carrots.
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