Health Tip: Add Some Panache to Packed Lunches

And encourage kids to eat healthy food

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(HealthDay News) -- If your kids are easily bored with the lunches you pack for school, try adding a little pizzazz (and nutrition) to the boring brown bag.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to make packed lunches more exciting for your kids:

  • Have a meeting when you plan out the week's lunches together.
  • Include special treats to celebrate special days; for example, pack red foods for Valentine's Day.
  • Pack new foods that your kids seem interested in.
  • Pack extras to share with friends, which could encourage a picky eater.
  • Buy some fun storage gear that will keep foods insulated.


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