Healthy Suggestions for Parents packing breakfasts and lunches

Asked April 24, 2017, 2:38 PM EDT

Do you have a list of recommendations to give to parents that want to make their children healthy breakfast and lunches? I am looking for a list, similar to the list of healthy school celebration ideas. We would like to help our parents be able to pack a lunch that is just as nutritious as our school meals.

Sonoma County California healthy food choices in schools

1 Response

Thank you very much for your question! The Healthy Food Choices in Schools Resource Area has a couple of articles related to packing healthy meals:

· Eating On The Move: Healthy Pack-N-Go Snacks and Meals

· Tips for Packing Quick Healthy Lunches

Some other resources that you may find helpful are:

· 10 Tips: The School Day Just Got Healthier – although the focus is school meals, it does break down the different components of a healthy lunch

· 10 Tips: Build a Healthy Meal – although not specific to schools or children, it has some great considerations for putting together a balanced meal

· You can find more tip sheets from MyPlate here: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate-tip-sheets

· And, a more in-depth description of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for parents here: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/snapshot-2015-2020-dietary-guidelines-americans

· The CDC also has many resources for parents in the Parents for Healthy Schools toolkit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/parentengagement/parentsforhealthyschools.htm

I hope that you find these resources helpful. Please feel free to reach out directly with further questions: healthy_food_choices_in_schools@cornell.edu