As the new school year is under way in California, set your child up for success with a healthy lunch!
Returning back to school requires your child to focus on each class, partake in those after-school activities, practice, and complete homework. With a lot on their plate, make sure what they’re eating is healthy, packed with brain-boosting nutrients, and enjoyable!
A balanced lunch should include fruit, vegetables, grains, lean protein, and dairy. Below is a breakdown of what you can include in each category!
Fruit: Fresh, canned in juice, dried, or a 100% juice drink! You can include fruits such as apples, pears, plums, oranges, kiwis, pineapple, bananas, and grapes.
Vegetables: Celery, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini strips, tomatoes, lettuce in sandwiches or salads, soups made from vegetables.
Meat or protein foods: Left over meats/poultry/fish from dinner, tuna, peanut butter, hummus, cheese, beans, tofu, or veggie burgers.
Whole grains: Whole wheat breads, pitas, tortillas, wraps, English muffins for sandwiches. Otherwise, whole wheat pasta, rice, crackers, or tortilla chips.
Low-fat dairy: A small milk carton, yogurt, unprocessed cheese, cottage cheese, or mix it up with an alternative such as almond, soy, or coconut milk!
Creating a healthy and nutritious packed lunch can be fun for both the parent and child! Keep them involved by taking them to the supermarket and asking what their favorites are!
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