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Brown Bag versus Hot Lunch
In 2011, the National School Lunch Program served more than 31 million children lunch each day. Have you ever asked yourself if a lunch packed from home would provide your child more nutrition? In a study comparing lunches from home with USDA-funded School Lunch, the school lunch provided significantly more dairy foods, fruit and vegetables and had less fat and more variety.
That doesn’t mean you can’t pack a healthy lunch for your child at home. Just remember to pack a variety of lean protein foods, whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy. If you do pack a treat like a cookie or sweets, include only a small portion.
For more information on healthy school lunches for your child, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit www.KidsEatRight.org.
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Reviewed November 2012