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Healthy Lunches

It may be tempting to fill your child’s lunchbox with convenience foods such as chips and cookies. But a nutritious lunch filled with at least three food groups can give your child the brain power he or she needs to concentrate in class.

“Bag lunches can be healthier than cafeteria food,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Work with your children to find out whether they prefer variety or if they want the same foods every day.”

Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP
Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP

A sandwich with whole-grain bread and cold-cut meat or peanut butter is a good start, but a whole-wheat bagel or tortilla wrap can also work well. Be sure to pack fruits and vegetables such as raw carrots, celery with peanut butter, a banana, strawberries or an apple. And string cheese or yogurt can be a good option from the dairy food group.

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