07 Aug 2018 Best Back To School Lunches For Your Kids Teeth
It’s August and soon, school will be back in session everywhere. It’s a happy time of the year for exhausted parents and a sad time of year for kids who don’t want summer to end. With school starting, parents are thinking about school supplies, backpacks, new school clothes, and lunch boxes.
What is the best thing to put in those lunch boxes? So many convenience foods that are targeted for kids are full of sugar. It’s easy to pack a lunch that is going to leave your child with a sugar low and a mouth full of plague by the afternoon, and it’s much more difficult to pack a lunch that won’t. What are healthy alternatives for lunch? How can you help your kids to have a healthy start to the year? Here are some ways to keep less plaque off your kids’ teeth so you have fewer visits to your favorite dentist in Holladay.
Healthy foods to put in school lunch
The healthiest foods for any of us –kids or adults—are unprocessed foods. Many processed foods, ranging from fruit snacks to crackers have lots of added sugar in them, more than we think. They also have added preservatives and other chemicals that we don’t need. But how do we pack lunches that aren’t in convenient packages? What if we don’t have a lot of time to come up with a lot of fresh ideas? You may be surprised about how easy it is to eat healthier. It’s all about changing habits. Here are some ideas.
Pair foods together. Look at the following list of foods. See how many different combinations you can put together. How about apples and peanut butter? Mandarin oranges and cottage cheese? Keep going! If you have these foods on hand, you could easily keep lunch interesting by matching up foods differently, without having to buy too many ingredients.
- Peanut butter
- String cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Mandarin oranges
- Raw veggies
Flavor water. It’s easy to squeeze an orange, lemon, or lime into a water bottle for some taste without sugar. Kids may resist this at first, especially if they are used to stronger flavors. Over time, they may start to prefer a lighter flavor.
Try less sugary drinks. You may think that drink boxes containing 100% juice may be healthy for your kids. Surprisingly, because the natural sugar in juice boxes is so concentrated, they have a lot of sugar. Some varieties of Capri Suns, for example, are much lower in sugar and calories than the 100% juice boxes. Either way, if you want the best drink for your kids’ teeth, it is water.
Use a lunch box with separators in it. Kids are more likely to eat veggies and fruits when they are separated in their own compartment.
Include dips like ranch or hummus in your child’s lunch. Veggies are more fun to eat when they can be dipped.
Let your child build his or her own sandwich. For example you could include bread, a small container of cream cheese and shredded carrots, cucumbers, pickles, and olives. Your child could put the cream cheese on the bread and then decorate it with the veggies. It could even look like a face. You could try the same thing with cream cheese and strawberries.
Let your child build his or her own salad. Include shredded carrots, hard boiled eggs, lettuce, and cheese, all in separate containers.
Let your child decorate his or her own yogurt. Include various kinds of fruits, granola, or nuts.
Think outside of sandwiches. What about tortillas? Roll a tortilla up with tomato sauce and cheese. Put it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Then slice it for lunches. Inexpensive, easy, and much less sugar than a PB&J.
Remember, your child’s lunch doesn’t have to be perfect, but a few changes might go a long way in your child’s overall heath and smile.