Childhood obesity is higher than average in the Hispanic community with a rate of about
38% in children between the ages of 2 and 19. In order to reduce childhood
obesity and create a healthier future for the Hispanic community,
healthy choices need to begin at home. By preparing more food and home and remaining conscious of the healthiest
options, you can help your child grow up healthy as the whole family reaps
the benefits of wholesome nutrition. This article will take a look at
some tips for packing balanced lunches for your child to encourage good
nutrition between meals at home.
Skip dessert, opt for fruit instead
Instead of packing empty calories and sugar in your child’s lunch,
go for some fresh fruit as a healthy alternative. While fruit does still
have the satisfying sweetness your child wants, it also has more fiber
and nutrients to balance out the sugar.
Load up on veggies
Fruits and veggies should take up about half of the plate with every meal,
so don’t skimp on vegetables when you are making sandwiches, wraps,
or salads to pack in your child’s lunch. If your child is a picky
eater, try introducing more vegetables at home with dishes like spaghetti,
where veggies are easy to hide. Once your child gets a taste for fresh
vegetables, it may be easier to add them to your lunch ingredients.
Choose whole grain breads and wraps
When it comes to sandwich breads, whole grain is the best option. There
are many different varieties of whole grain breads, tortillas, and flatbreads
available in the supermarket, so you might try out a few options to see
which your child likes best.
Pack in protein and fiber
Protein and fiber are the components that will keep your child full throughout
the afternoon. Protein is not only found in meat, but it is found in peanut
butter, cheese, and beans as well. With plenty of fruits, veggies, and
whole grains in the lunchbox, your child will be getting all the fiber
he or she needs to stay full.
For more healthy tips that can improve your family’s wellness, connect
with Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463. From maternity services
to emergency care, we will be there for your family when you need us most,
offering the highest quality of care.