The kids are back to school and we need to start the year off right when it comes to snacks and lunches. It can be tough to figure out what to put in your child’s tummy as there are many factors that should be considered: health, nutrition, food safety, ready to eat, etc. Lunch and snack foods directly impact your child’s ability to concentrate, participate and stay motivated in the classroom. When considering what to pack for your child’s school lunch and snack, we must be aware of how it is affecting their learning.
A few factors to consider when packing lunches:
Try some of these ideas for lunch this week:
Table derived from Eat Right Ontario: http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Frequently-Asked-Questions/Packing-Healthy-School-Lunches-and-Snacks-FAQs.aspx#.VGwPgvnF-So
2. Food Safety
Ah yes, food safety - something we seem to forget about when caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting the kids to school in the morning! In September, we make an effort to make sure lunch boxes are clean, but as the year progresses, we tend to get busy and forget how sticky and smelly a lunch box can get. In addition to unsanitary lunch boxes, let’s not forget about the lack of refrigeration and heating methods for food at school. Foods that normally require refrigeration will be at room temperature for 4-5 hours before being consumed.
Consider these food safety tips when packing school lunches: