Healthy School Lunches for Young Athletes
To find out what it takes for kids to truly enjoy a healthy lunch, I interviewed three highly acclaimed experts on school lunches for this blog: my children.
My 14-year-old daughter recalled that her lunches often left her feeling hungry before soccer practice. They didn’t provide enough energy (i.e. calories) and started too early—at 11 a.m. to be exact!
At the end of the school year last May, my 11-year-old son proclaimed that he could not bear the thought of another sandwich until school started again in the fall.
All the while, my 9-year-old daughter said that the broccoli served for hot lunch at her school is overcooked and smells up the lunchroom. She is also not impressed with the rock-hard pears.
With all of the feedback from my kids, I wondered: what’s a parent to do about providing a healthy school lunch that provides adequate energy, appealing fruits and vegetables, and isn’t the same week after week? If you’re struggling with similar questions, consider following the suggestions below. They’re easy to do and will make a lasting impact on your child’s health choices and energy levels throughout a long school day.