5 Ways to Make Your Child’s Lunchbox Healthier

Here are five ways to send your child to school with a healthier lunch.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    Add a piece of fruit

    Instead of packing snack cakes and potato chips for your child, include a piece of fruit as often as possible. Organic fruit is best, but canned fruit cups and dried fruit will also provide lots of nutritional benefits. Try to explore new options each week, like kiwi or pomegranate.

    Use a variety of bread

    If you want your child’s lunch to be full of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, avoid using white bread for sandwiches. Instead, try whole wheat or multi-grain bread for a healthy sandwich that your kids will still love. If you want to add a bit of flair, use breads made with olive oil, like focaccia or ciabatta.

    Pack leftovers from last night's dinner

    Some of the best lunches you can pack for your child include leftovers from last night’s meal. You can use meat from the night before for a great sandwich, instead of packing processed lunch meat. If you’ve got a leftover pasta or casserole dish in the fridge, your child will love it cold.

    Make homemade trail mix

    Save some money on groceries by making your own trail mix at home. Add dried fruit, seeds, nuts, and whole grain cereal for a healthy snack your child will enjoy.

    Add olives

    As your children get older, many of them will love the zesty taste of olives. For a nutritious snack rich in vitamins, pack a tub of olives in your kids' lunchboxes. It will give their lunch some variety and add a flavorful kick to their meal.

    Plus: 8 Delicious Lunchbox Recipes

    Sources: HealthCastle.com, Healthy Eating Made Easy

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