Healthy School Lunches – Anatomy of the Lunch Box

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nutrition expert Beth Ann Bentley discusses the anatomy of your child’s lunchbox- what you should be including and how much.

    Beth Ann Bentley: Hi! I am Beth Ann Bentley from ilunchbox.

    com talking to you about packing healthy lunches for kids. Now we're going to discuss the anatomy of the lunch box.

    First you need good products. Lunch bags insulated or canvas, food containers for both hot and cold foods, wraps for your sandwiches and bags for your chips, water bottles that are BPA free, and of course your ice packs, stainless steel utensils and cloth napkins. It's important to consider food safety. You have to keep your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold.

    Great tip to keeping your hot foods hot is fill your insulated food jar with boiling water and let it sit for five minutes. Then put scorching hot food inside. Seal it up right-away and put it in your insulated lunch bag. That will make sure that your food is kept hot until lunch time.

    To keep things cold, you can freeze bread before you make your sandwiches that keeps everything colder. You can put these stainless steel containers in the freezer before you put food into them as well. Some manufactures even suggest putting the lunch bag in the refrigerator overnight so it's super-cold in the morning.

    How your child eats their lunch is as important as what they eat. Consider how they are going to eat their sandwich or their salad. For instance, these wraps double as a placemat so your child always has a clean surface to eat their food off of. Likewise these easy lunch box containers have compartments and your child can eat right out of the box.

    Now I am going to show you a great way to get your child to eat crunchy vegetables. The dip might children love is made with simple ingredients. Plain yogurt, and today I am going to use Deliciously Dill from the Spice Hunter, a little salt and pepper to taste, give it a good stir and put it into a little container to send with your children to school.

    When packing your child's lunch take the advice that you give your child each day. Make good choices, for something sweet consider fresh or dry fruit or carrots. For something crunchy consider whole-grain crackers, Tortilla chips or crunchy vegetables. For something savory roasted chicken, rice and beans, sandwiches or salads.

    Look to make it a well-rounded meal with healthy fats, calcium, whole-grains, and lean protein. Don't forget the morning snack, make it a food break. Remember one-third of your child's daily nutrition is eaten out of the bag or off the tray, and lunch has to fill in afternoon of serious learning and physical activity. Make it count.