Posted: Aug 11, 2014 7:53 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Aug 11, 2014 7:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - Kids across the area head back to school today. For many parents that means a new part of the daily ritual- packing lunch. Kristen F. Gradney, a dietitian from Our Lady of the Lake, stopped by 2une In this morning with some tips to packing a healthy and affordable school lunch.
"The first thing you want to do is make sure you have an insulated bag and lots of ice packs," Gradney explained. "That way you know what you're packing isn't just healthy but also safe."
She says every school lunch needs variety. Instead of sending plain vegetables, Gradney suggests packing individual servings of guacamole or hummus. She says you need to also make sure they have their dairy serving with either string cheese or yogurt.
Instead of making a regular sandwich, Gradney says pita pockets can liven things up. Plus, it's perfect for those kids that don't like crust.
The American Heart Association also has some recommendations. In addition to ice packs, it's also a good idea to have thermos to keep food warm. That way, you can send leftovers from the night before. The AHA also suggests letting your child help you make their lunch.
For more school lunch ideas, watch the video or visit the American Heart Association website.