Page 1 of 3Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but lunch runs a close second. Studies have shown that children who eat a well-balanced lunch often do better in school and are more alert. It can be difficult enough to get your child to eat right when you're there to monitor what he or she eats. But in the cafeteria, where the temptations of pizza, vending machines and other unhealthy snacks await, you have to up your game to get kids to actually eat what you've packed.
To help you provide healthy lunches for your family, SparkPeople's sister site, BabyFit.com, has asked members and experts for tips and advice on packing kids' lunches.
First of all, remember that it's not your lunch. If you pack broccoli and your son hates it, he won't eat it. Let your kids weigh in on what they want to pack in their lunches, and offer them a few healthy choices so they feel like they're in control.
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A Balanced MealInclude something from each food group, but be creative. Here are some tips for creating a well-balanced meal. Continued ›