Help Your Kid Make Smart Cafeteria Choices November 18 2014

Meatloaf Monday! 

Taco Tuesday!

Whatever-That-Is Wednesday . . . 

If your child buys lunch at school, it’s time to start looking beyond the menu. Nearly half of elementary-school students have access to sweet, salty, and high-fat snacks, according to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Many kids line up in front of vending machines, spending their lunch money on snacks in addition to lunch or that replace lunch entirely.

For better brain health and function, start discussing healthier options with your child. The most tempting route may be to nix buying any and all snacks, including caffeinated drinks and pop. But it might be better to give your child a little flexibility. After all, by practicing now, she’ll make better choices when she’s older. Plan out lunch menus and talk about the possibility of once a week having a “special snack” rather than every day.

Better yet, prepare some simple snacks from home. Consider including one of these special homemade treats to bring from home throughout the week.

  • Celery, peanut butter and raisins
  • Fig cookies
  • Fruit (kiwi, apples, raspberries, blueberries, etc)
  • Homemade banana bread
  • Homemade oatmeal cookies (or other cookies made from scratch)
  • Homemade trail mix (pretzels, cashews, dried cranberries)
  • Popcorn

Remember that giving your brain and body healthy sources of food throughout the day is important to overall health and function. Start the day with Pure Clarity at breakfast, and continue fueling right by implementing positive meal choices at lunch and dinner.  

And avoid Fried Friday at your cafeteria altogether . . . !

Written by Melissa Warner