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Lunchbox Battles

By Amanda Baker

Oh dear, it's the battle of the lunchboxes. It's an endless guessing game - trying to decide what your children want for lunch. No worries, there are ways to give your child a proper lunch that will give them the boost they need to help keep them active for the rest of the day.

Most parents pack lunches for their children, but the real problem is getting the child to eat it. And school lunches, though there are some changes being made in some schools, consist of things like pizza, fries, and hamburgers. It's essential to keep your child's lunch balanced with healthy snacks in order to give your child proper nutrition, and yet still be healthy and tasty. Does your kid's lunch need to be refined?

It's important to pack a lunch that you know they will eat. Balance is the major factor when preparing lunch. The other meals that your child eats throughout the day comes into play here. If your child has a sweet snack or treat during lunch, a healthier dinner should be planned. If you're preparing a rich dessert for dinner, try to skip the treat at lunch. Remember to incorporate the food pyramid into their meals throughout the day. You can pack just about anything you'd like in your child's lunchbox, but if it is not eaten, no one is winning and money and food is being wasted.

Breakfast is your child's most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. Keeping quick fix items like toaster pastries and frozen waffles and syrup in the freezer is not a healthy start. Cereal and milk is a better option, or even toast with peanut butter. Milk is important in the morning. Most fruit drinks rarely contain any nutritional value and are packed with artificial flavors. If you want to give your children fruit in the morning, pick some of your child's favorite fruits and make a smoothie in the morning.

Clueless about what your child likes to eat? Ask them! The best way to know what your kid wants is to ask personally. Settle on a plan that both of you can agree on for breakfast and lunch. Involve your child in lunch preparations and packing. Make a week-long lunch plan. Also remind your child not to swap or trade food at school. It defeats the purpose of everything you're working for.

As you know, kids love to have fun. The same goes for their lunches. Try to use your imagination in creating a more appealing lunch. Even just a little touch, such as cutting their sandwiches into different shapes can be more satisfying than a plain piece of bread. Bite-sized pieces of fruits and vegetables, with a tasty, healthy dip makes the healthy stuff much easier and much more fun to eat. You can even create a "build-your-own" kit, where the child can make their own sandwiches, tacos, or hot dogs. It becomes an opportunity for your child to be free to express themselves and they will actually enjoy their lunch.

With all of these tips, your child will be enjoying their lunch in no time at all. Always remember to keep their day balanced, and your child will grow up healthy and happy - and full!

About The Author

Amanda Baker writes for All Things Pondered: http://AllThingsPondered.com.

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