how much love is in your child’s lunchbox?

As new and tougher nutrition standards are phased into school lunch programs all over the country, parents packing their child’s lunch also need guidance about which key nutrients and foods to provide (and limit).

In fact, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that while both school meals and packed lunches had similar amounts of calories and protein, packed lunches had 50% more sugar, more sodium and saturated fat than school lunches. Packed lunches fared better in fruit, iron and calcium content but contained fewer vegetables.

So to help parents pack tastier and more nutrient-rich lunches for their kids, I am partnering with Stephanie Holguin at Foodie-isms for a Lunchbox Love Series. As a registered dietitian, I will provide key information including a detailed “Nutrition Checklist” to help parents pack lunches that help their kids learn and grow. Stephanie will use her culinary expertise to provide tasty food options kids simply can’t resist.

Don’t miss our week long ‘Lunchbox Love’ postings which will start in early September.

Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen is a registered dietitian, mother of two and creator of Raise Healthy Eaters, a blog that provides parents with simple and sound nutrition advice.

Check out Maryann’s latest series on how to turn picky eaters into healthy eaters.

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