2YH: Healthy school lunches

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) We're about two months into the new school year and for some, old habits can start to come back and that can go for eating, especially school lunches. Diane Peck, Public Health Nutritionist, DHSS said packing a healthy lunch is actually the easy part, but the harder part might be to get your kids to eat it. She said the best way to do that is to have them involved in packing their own lunch.

Peck touched on the different food groups to include in kid's lunches. She talked about cutting up veggies and putting them in small containers or baggies. Then, there's the fruit group. Fresh or canned, Peck said you can also use frozen berries, dried and unsweetened applesauce.

Grains include bread, tortillas, pretzels, rice cakes or crackers and finally protein included cheese, hard boiled eggs, hummus, peanut butter, lunch meat or nuts.

When it comes to washing it all down, Peck said the healthiest thing is water or non-fat or 1% milk.

"With kids you know we're trying to make sure that they're learning about health and how to take care of themselves and healthy eating and developing those healthy habits for a lifetime," she added.

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