Healthy School Lunch Menu

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Healthy School Lunch Menu

 

Meals eaten away from home are often too high in saturated fat and cholesterol and too low in fiber and other nutrients. Healthy school lunches are essential to reversing the growing trends of chronic disease in children and teens.

 

School Lunch Menu

Building a diet with fruits, vegetables, healthful grains, and legumes from a young age will help children prefer those foods throughout their lives. People who maintain a healthy weight throughout life tend to stay healthier and live longer. It is never too early to adopt a healthful diet.

Snack Recipes for Kids

Busy families sometimes have trouble fitting in three healthful meals each day. Like it or not, snacking has become an important contributor to daily food intake. You’ll want to take extra care to make certain your child’s snacks are every bit as healthful as the meals you serve.

Easy Snack Ideas for Kids

Healthy snacks are easy and quick to put together and eat, and offer important nutrients and energy in each delicious bite. Keep healthy beverages, such as water, juice, and soymilk, and snack foods, such as the ones listed below, on-hand at home and encourage your children to pack them into their bags with their healthy school lunch before leaving the house.
  • Apple slices with nut butter
  • Fresh fruits
  • Dried fruits, especially raisins
  • Applesauce or other fruit cups
  • Nuts, especially mixed with dried fruit
  • Soy yogurt
  • Individual boxes of soymilk, rice milk, or fruit juices
  • Breadsticks or pita chips with hummus
  • Pretzels or popcorn
  • Homemade muffins or cornbread
  • Ramen soup with added vegetables
  • Fresh soybeans (edamame)
  • Tofu hot dogs
  • Tortilla chips with bean dip
  • Cheerios, granola, or other cereal in a bag
  • Toasted whole-grain breads or crackers with fruit spread or nut butters
  • Graham crackers or gingersnaps dipped in applesauce
  • Mini rice cakes with peanut butter
  • Frozen bananas blended with a little non-dairy milk
  • Chopped raw vegetables and dip