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Tips to Eat Right at School

Reviewed by Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN
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It is easy for parents to be good nutrition role models during family meals, but a child's food choices at school may be entirely up to the child. Parents can help children make smart choices by fueling kids with a quality breakfast, packing nutritious lunches and snacks, and teaching young ones to make beneficial choices.

Parents do not have to act alone in encouraging healthy habits at school. Many schools have developed wellness policies to encourage good nutrition practices — and some extend their initiatives beyond the school to families.

Breakfast

Research shows breaking an overnight fast with a balanced meal can make a major difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens.

Eating a smart breakfast can help improve behavior and school performance. On the other hand, skipping breakfast is a no-brainer, quite literally. When children skip breakfast, their brains and bodies suffer all day long. Get your kids started on the nutrition fast track to a high-energy, health-smart day with tasty, filling breakfast options.

Lunch

Breakfast often is called the most important meal of the day, but lunch also plays a critical role in children's overall health and school performance. When children skip lunch, they are likely to have trouble concentrating in the classroom, lack energy for sports and overeat on low-nutrient, after-school snacks.

Whether children eat lunch at home, enjoy a school-provided lunch or pack a lunch, the goal is a nutrient-rich meal to fuel their brains and bodies for the afternoon. The trick is providing a lunch that packs a nutritional punch and appeals to your child.

After-School Snacks

Naturally nutrient-rich, fruit and veggie snacks help children close critical nutrient gaps. For children and adults alike, eating more fruit and vegetable snacks is one of the smartest food moves you can make.