It’s important for children to eat healthy, as healthy foods and snacks help children concentrate and be more active. As schools start, many parents fret about how to make lunch boxes more nutritional and appetizing for their children.

Child smiling at lunch

Here are a few tips from the experts at Jessamine Medical & Diagnostic Center, who offer comprehensive and easily accessible care for you and your family members of all ages.

  • Plan lunches together, let your child help you come up with ideas. If the child has stakes in the planning, they will be more inclined to eat it.
  • Include fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables and a combination of protein, dairy and carbohydrates.
  • Sandwich cutters in fun designs are a parent’s best friend; a turkey sandwich with cheese will always taste better if it’s cut into the shape of a dinosaur, flower, or star.
  • Think small serving sizes; big portions may be intimidating rather than inviting.
  • Food safety in lunch boxes is important. Prepare lunches the night before and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Choose an insulated lunch box or one with a freezer pack.
  • Water and milk are the best drinks for children. They can be frozen to help keep foods in the lunch box cool. 
  • Remind your child to wash hand before lunch. You can also include a small pack of alcohol-based hand wipes in their lunch box.

For more helpful information and tips, log on to www.lexingtonclinic.com or schedule an appointment today by calling 859-258-4000.

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