Labor Day is here bringing barbecues and a last chance visit to the beach, but it also heralds back-to-school and packing lunches.
Packing a Nutritious Lunch
The USDA has replaced the Food Pyramid with MyPlate guidelines making family nutrition easier. The icon shows a plate that is half full of fruits and vegetables, and the other with grains and protein. The icon clearly shows that your plate should have more vegetables than fruits, and more grains than protein.
One reason why proper nutrition is so importantHealthy Lunch and Breakfast Keep Students Alert
Kidshealth.org is a great resource for parents and kids. The site has a component specifically geared towards kids, another for teens, and another for parents.
Kidshealth.org information for Kids – There is information regarding school lunches: To Buy or Not to Buy, 10 Steps to a Great Lunch. There are recipes that kids can make for themselves or with the help of an adult, all with information regarding preparation time, ingredients, equipment, directions, servings, and nutritional information. Why not give one a try? Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Pizzadilas with Red Sauce that you can eat at home or safely bring to school.
A new study in the journal Pediatrics indicates that “nearly all lunches packed from home get too warm to prevent foodborne illness despite use of ice packs”
Watch a video from Healthday regarding this study.
So how do you keep lunches safe?
The USDA has prepared a fact sheet Keeping “Bag” Lunches Safe” – Keep Foods Clean, Keep Cold Foods Cold, Keep Hot Foods Hot.
You will also find information from FoodSafety.gov.
Have a safe and healthy back-to-school.
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services