The excitement over the start of the Sioux Empire Fair and days filled with rides, corn dogs and cotton candy will soon be replaced with school bells, tests and sack lunches. Registered Dietitian Nikki Ver Steeg at the Avera Heart Hospital has some helpful healthy hints for parents packing those lunch boxes.
Registered Dietitian at the Avera Heart Hospital Nikki Ver Steeg says, "As you know, the school year is right around the corner and we need to make sure we are balancing our meals. One way to do that is to ensure a healthy lunch for our children, starting with a great lunch box. Make sure you use a variety of foods. A good protein source could come from pudding, creamy peanut butter, and meats. In their sandwich add in some deli meats, eggs, chicken salad or tuna salad. A wrap is a good alternative to whole wheat bread is a whole wheat wrap to fill them up on fiber. Other examples are string cheese, Go-Gurt (yogurt in a tube) which is easy and portable. For more fiber you can add in dried mixed fruit or pack up some vegetables. You can use a variety of sliced vegetables or natural applesauce that is unsweetened instead of sweetened applesauce that often times has high fructose corn syrup. By doing this you have a 5 finger meal that includes: fruit, vegetable, dairy product, lean protein, and whole grain. The kids can get their dairy by buying their milk at school when they get there." Question or more info: CALL 877-AT-AVERA