Help your child eat a healthy lunch

When your child goes back to school you can't guarantee she will eat healthy food in her lunch every day, but there's a lot you can do to steer her in the right direction.

By GreatSchools Staff

Do you feel like it's a never ending challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas that will entice your children? Use these tips to pique your child's interest in eating a healthy lunch:

Once you've packed your child off to school with a healthy lunch, how do you make sure he's not trading it for a friend's corn chips or just throwing the whole bag away? You probably can't. But don't despair. Dietitians say it's important to focus on what your child eats throughout an entire day, rather than just concentrating on lunch. If you plan a balanced breakfast and dinner, that gives you two meals and at least one snack to pack in a full day of nutrients.