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Avera Medical Minute: Packing a Healthy School Lunch

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We know a lot of you will be taking the children out to the Sioux Empire Fair this week in Sioux Falls or squeezing in one last family vacation before the summer recess comes to a close. We also know you parents have a lot to deal with before the start of the new school year. One less thing to wonder about:  what to pack in your kids' lunch box that's healthy and tasty. We asked a pro for some advice.

Nancy Naeve Brown says, "School time is coming upon us and we know you are busy getting school supplies bought but we also want to get you thinking about school lunches. Registered Dietitian Nikki Ver Steeg with the Avera Heart Hospital joins us. Nikki what's the first thing we should do when planning lunches?"

Nikki says, "The first thing you should do is include the kids. Take them with you when you go grocery shopping. One of my favorite things to do is to give them choices. Don't say the aisle is your to pick from, instead give them this choice and this choice and let them choose. By including them in the decision making process they are more likely to enjoy the food that's packed. Make sure the lunch is balanced by having a nice lean protein. Some examples we're showing here are a wrap sandwich, chopped vegetables and a fruit and make sure they buy the milk that's offered at school.  It's well-balanced because it includes a whole grain, fruit, vegetable, lean protein and milk rounds out dairy (5 Finger Meal Planning)"

Nancy asks, "What do you do to get the kids to eat the vegetables you send?"

Nikki answers, "First of all, I don't send a whole lot. They're little kids and they don't eat as much as we do. You may want to cut them into fun shapes or send a little dip like ranch dressing or peanut butter. It's a great way to get it down a little easier. "

Nancy asks, "What about the kids who eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day during the school year?"

Nikki says, "You mean like my children did last year. It's called a food jag and they will eventually work out of it. As long as it's something not terrible unhealthy, I'm not too worried."

Questions: Call 877-AT-AVERA

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