The foods that your children eat have a direct impact on their overall health and, more surprisingly, the health of their teeth and gums. If your children are in the habit of eating junk food daily, it’s not fair to expect them to have healthy teeth. Remember, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in the US. Researchers have traced it to the increased consumption of junk foods, sugary snacks, carbonated drinks, and sodas among children.
But, the good news is that tooth decay is nearly 100% preventable. All you have to do is get your children to eat good foods and follow a strict dental care routine.
Since your children are starting school, it is important to remind them to keep up their healthy eating habits at school too. Here are a few tips for healthy lunches for your kids:
- Think food groups. Your child’s lunch box should contain items from three food groups—the whole grain group, the dairy group, and the fruit and vegetables group.
- Don’t forget protein! Growing children need protein. In fact, balancing protein and complex carbohydrates is important for brain function. You can try peanut butter on wholegrain bread or lean turkey and cheese on bread.
- Fruits and vegetables are a must. Let your innovative thinking run wild here. Most children don’t choose fruits and vegetables as their favorite food group, especially when they have been packed in a closed container for a few hours. Try some good-to-look-at veggies like star shaped cucumbers, and hamburgers stuffed with veggies. A great lunchtime snack is a pack of baby carrots with a yogurt-based dip.
What’s in your kid’s lunchbox this week?