The Midday Meal
As you pack up your child’s lunchbox, take the opportunity to pack in nutrients as well. Two important goals for ensuring your child eats a healthful lunch:
• Include as many food groups as you can as whole, unprocessed foods.
• Make it as appealing as possible, both visually and tastefully (an uneaten lunch isn’t doing anyone any good).
Here are eight healthy lunch ideas for your kids that we can (almost) guarantee will be devoured happily. Each meal has 400 to 500 calories and provides at least a third of a day’s fiber and protein needs. If you have a very active preteen, you may want to add an extra snack or increase the portions since their energy needs are higher.