Lovelace Westide Dietician Offers Back to School Lunch Ideas

The first day of school is finally here and you're probably wondering what to pack for lunch.

A clinical dietician with Lovelace Westside Hospital told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that well-balanced meals really help kids focus in the classroom. Erin Baudino-Burgarello said string cheese, yogurt and fruit are great snacks for your kids. But remember—the most important meal is what they have before school.

We all know the saying, it's the most important meal of the day, and Baudino-Burgarello says it really is.

"We fuel our brains definitely through breakfast," she said.

Baudino-Burgarello knows mornings can be a little hectic for parents and kids getting ready for the day. She suggests planning ahead so you don't miss breakfast.

"Creating something that is quick the night before hand: boiled eggs, a peanut butter sandwich," she said. "So that way when you're rushing out the door, you can quickly grab (breakfast)."

And those lunches? Go with the basics, like a sandwich with wheat bread and sandwich meat, fruit, yogurt and milk. Remember that healthy is always key.

But just because it's healthy doesn't mean it'll cost you more.

"If you buy foods that are in season, fruits and vegetables, we're at the height of several fruits and vegetables right now," Baudino-Burgarello said. "If they're not in season, say your child likes Bing cherries and it's in the winter, buy them frozen. That's another healthy alternative and it saves a lot of money."

And if you have a picky eater on your hands, keep it simple.

"I would not change anything. Definitely not within the first couple of weeks of school. You want to send them with something that they're familiar with so sending those foods that they like, but introducing something new," Baudino-Burgarello said.

She also recommends taking your kids shopping so they can get excited about eating their lunch at school.


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