Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:06 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2013 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nutritionist Terri Johnson from Baton Rouge General joined Brittany Weiss on News 2 at 4 today to discuss how parents can plan and pack an easy, healthy, and tasty lunchbox for their kids.
Johnson said parents often pack things that are too heavy in grains and carbs, like sandwiches, which can cause children's blood sugar to fluctuate and lead to attention problems later in the day. She says to remember to include other things to make meals balanced, including proteins, fiber, and fats.
Johnson said kids also love to dip and dunk things, so planning fruits or veggies with something like ranch, hummus, or peanut butter can get them more interested than just the veggies alone.
She said parents who don't have time to pack lunches should focus on educating their kids to make smart choices at school, including skipping sodas in favor of milk or water.
Johnson also recommended parents remember to get wellness checkups for their children as school starts. You can find a pediatrician by going to Baton Rouge General's website.