Back to School Shopping – Lunch Box Tips

With back to school just around the corner most moms and dads are in the hustle and bustle of back to school shopping. The list of coarse seems never ending with clothes, shoes, books, and so on and on and on. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your kids lunch bags and other essential items to keep lunches safe and making lunch time options a breeze:

1. Ensure you’re buying an insulated lunch bag that keeps cold foods cold until they are ready to eat.

2. Either purchase freezer packs or use frozen juice boxes or yogurt tubes in the lunch bag to keep those cold foods cold.

3. Containers, containers, containers – you can never have enough – this allows for easy packing of snacks and lunches with fresh whole foods and allows you to serve up the pre-cut fruit, yogurt with granola and fresh veggies  for lunch rather than opting for the pre-packaged snacks that may have added sugar, fat, and salt.

4. Insulated bottles that keep drinks nice and cold or even opens up the option of serving soup and allows the soup to stay warm until lunch time.

Having these items on hand along with those healthy lunch time ideas will help make the hectic school morning rush all that more organized for preparing a healthy lunch for your kids.

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

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