School Lunches: Healthier Supermarket Options (cont.)
Bumble Bee Ready-to-Eat Fat Free Tuna Salad with Crackers
Bumble Bee Easy Peel Sensations -- Lemon & Pepper Tuna Medley
Cheese Sticks (individually wrapped)
Eating Right (a Safeway brand) Instant Soups
What to Pack for Lunch: Drinks
The key to the liquid side of lunch is to pack beverages that either hydrate your student (water), or help hydrate while also contributing nutrients like protein, calcium, and vitamin D (low-fat milk) or nutrients like vitamin C and folic acid (100% orange juice).
If the noon beverage contributes calories but not nutrients (like soda and sugary fruit drinks), you might want to rethink this lunchbox choice. Recent studies suggest that liquid calories don't contribute to feeling full as much as solid-food calories do.
One new lunchbox drink option is mini water bottles. These come in cute little 8- and 11-ounce plastic bottles (like Aqua Pod brand). They're the perfect size to freeze and then stick in your child's lunchbox or bag to keep the other lunch items well chilled until lunchtime.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.
Published August 23, 2007.
SOURCES: Journal of the Dietetic Association, 2003; vol 103: 505-51. Bartholomew J.B. et al., Journal of the American Dietetic Association, February 2006; vol 106: pp 248-252.
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