How to Pack a Nutritious School Lunch

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 13 (UPI) — A U.S. pediatrician acknowledges packing a nutritious school lunch for children is not easy for many parents.

Dr. Alan Greene — father of four and author of “From First Kicks to First Steps, Raising Baby Green” and “Feeding Baby Green” — suggests getting kids involved may help ensure they eat their lunches — rather than trade them.


Greene uses a laminated “menu” from which the child can mark off selections the night before with a dry erase marker that can be wiped off each day.

Parents can also let their children help select food during trips to the grocery store, Greene suggests.

“Children are more likely to eat food they have a hand in choosing or preparing. There are plenty of options that are convenient, portable and loaded with the essential vitamins and nutrients to improve focus and brain function,” Greene said in a statement. “And all kids have to know is that they taste great.”

Green suggests making a sandwich made with whole-grain bread, or adding whole-grain crackers with cheese or fruit dipped in peanut butter or yogurt.

“I know from personal experience how hard it is to put together a delicious, healthy lunch for kids every day,” Greene said. “I also know that good nutrition is the foundation for a child to have a productive day at school.”

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