What your child eats for lunch matters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are hints that can help you provide your children with the midday meal they need to succeed in school:
• Some food is always good to go — fruits, especially dried fruit, vegetables, bread, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, pickles, nuts, pretzels and trail mix.
• Put an ice pack or frozen juice box in a plastic bag to make the lunch bag a minicooler. The drink should thaw by lunchtime.
• Insulated lunchboxes or bags keep cold food cold and hot food hot, so germs can’t multiply.
• Keep your food wrapped up and wrap each part separately so they don’t leak onto each other. Use zipper plastic bags or plastic containers made for carrying food or get one-serving packs.
• Use different kinds of breads, such as whole-grain pita pockets, tortilla wraps, raisin bread or English muffins.