Pack a nutritious school lunch that’s fun to eat!

Q. What can I pack in my son’s school lunch that is nutritious and fun to eat?

A. Sandwiches made on whole-grain bread with a lean protein like turkey ham or chicken are easy to make, affordable and convenient  to take to school.

Some children like lettuce or sliced cucumber on sandwiches, but many are picky about vegetables. Try offering small vegetables like baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas to dip in a small amount of low-fat dressing.

If you’re unsure about portion size, choosemyplate.gov is a helpful resource. Enter your child’s age and get a guide on serving sizes.

One way you can save time while packing lunches is with a “Shop and Chop” day: When you get home from grocery shopping, clean chop and prepare vegetables in separate containers so packing lunches all week is a breeze.

Jennifer Kim, R.D.
Healthy Lifestyles Clinic
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

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Tamara Hargens-Bradley is a senior communications specialist for Oregon Health & Science University and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. She is the editor of the Healthy Families blog.
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