Dr. Kevin Campbell appears every Wednesday morning on WNCN Today. He will also provide a special one-minute guide to healthy living each week for WNCN.com.
Here, Dr. Campbell gives you five tips for healthy school lunches:
1. Stockpile healthy recipes that work - Plan ahead and collect a bunch of healthy, kid-popular ideas that you can rely on for those busy weekday mornings. When healthy ideas and ingredients are on hand, they're far more likely to land in the lunchbox!
2. Send less and better quality meats - Avoid sending nuggets, hot dogs, sausage and the like even though they're easy to stick in a lunchbox. Avoid meats treated with antibiotics or hormones (look for a "no" message on the label or buy organic). Stick with chicken and turkey. These are low-impact and low-fat. Try alternative proteins such as hummus, nuts and whole grains.
3. Pack more fruits and veggies - The government's new "My Plate" nutrition guidelines recommend that half your plate (or lunchbox, in this case!) consist of fruits and vegetables. Pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, watermelon chunks or kiwi slices are great additions to kid-
4. Junk juice - Instead of sugary juice, soda or bottled water, send your child to school with filtered water or organic, low-fat milk in a stainless steel bottle. You'll use less plastic and save money! It's easy to find kid-size reusable water bottles these days
5. Limit waste - School lunches can generate lots of garbage, like any out-of-the-
home meal. Go easier on the local landfill by sending lunch and snacks in reusable packaging and skip single-serve items.
Skip processed meats -- sliced lunch meats, chicken
Try alternative proteins such as hummus, nuts and