A Home Made Lunch is Not Necessarily a Healthy Lunch

As I walk through the cafeteria each day at school I am often amazed by the home made lunches I see.  A lot of parents obviously feel that a lunch made at home is better than one purchased at school, but sadly this is often not the case.  Busy schedules and an unawareness of proper nutrition can result in children eating highly processed lunches, filled with tons of additives, salt and sugar.

 If you send your child to school with candy, dessert and a healthy sandwich, guess which gets eaten first?  It’s usually the candy, then the dessert and by the time they’ve added a bag of chips, they are no longer hungry for the sandwich.  Sugar filled fruit drinks that come in pouches top off the meal.  Many of the children are on such a sugar high that they have a hard time concentrating after lunch.  Quite often the children that ate the school lunch (although they’re not perfect either) have an easier time focusing on afternoon academics.

 So tomorrow, when you pack that lunchbox, please think carefully about what you put in it.  Skip the processed and sugary foods.  Instead add fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods.  Buy or fill a thermos with a nutritious drink or send money that is to be used only to purchase milk.  By making only healthy choices available, you’re supplying your child with the healthy building blocks to get through him or her through the school day.

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  • Yes, I agree so much here. Our school district has made huge efforts in the past few years to make school lunches more nutritious. My children’s schools have salad bars with choices of fresh fruits and veggies. While I appreciate this effort, I am still hesitant to purchase lunches like burritos or hot dogs (even if they are now on whole wheat buns). I know that the simple lunches I make for my children are healthy, and low in sugar, salt, and fat. Still, I have a compromise with my children. They may each choose two school lunches per month. They usually pick pizza or cheeseburgers, but at least I know that their lunches are nutritious for the majority of the month.

  • I have always sent my gils to school with a lunch from home. I will admit that sometimes it is more convenient to throw in a lunchable or the bag of chips, cookies, and then a sandwich. But 90% of the time I try to make healthier choices of the things they like: pasta salad with chicken, veggie sticks and fruit, along with a bottled water and a crystal light packet or some 100% fruit juice in a thermos. I have also sent money for them to buy milk too, on the days I send cookies as a treat.

    Thanks for your insight I’ve always wondered what the teachers think about things like this :)

  • For me it wasn’t even an option. Homeschooling dictated the parents were able to give us whatever was best – all the time!

    I’ve go two little men of my own, my wife is our personal chef and we don’t need to worry about the government trying to feed our children food or philosophy!

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