Send your kids back to school with 'brain food'

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Monday, August 6, 2012 - 5:31pm

The first day of school is just around the corner and you can give your kids the energy to make it through the day by packing them a healthful lunch.

With today's fast-paced lifestyle parents often pack their kid's lunches with "convenience foods."  This might be easier, but these products are loaded with fats, sugars, and sodium.

Researchers at the University of Texas suggests that packing your kids a healthful lunch will better prepare them to study and learn.

A Dietician from Trinity Mother Frances, Tami Lawrence, told KETK that, "its very important to get all of the food groups, so in order to do that you want to choose from carbohydrate, fat, and protein, and for optimal brain function you want to have a balance of all of those macro-nutrients."

Lawrence told KETK that omega fatty acids will help kids' brains function better and help them through the school day.  She also said that kids repeat eating habits throughout their lifetime and it is so valuable to teach them to pack healthy lunches in order to prevent obesity later on.

She said, " I think its very important for moms to get their children involved in packing their lunches, certainly preferences will come into play but having a variety of foods, yah know the occasional convenience food is of course ok, but not every day."

There are many options that parents can choose from to make their kid's happy, healthy, and likely to keep their food when their classmates are trading each other's unhealthful choices.

Lawrence suggests a home-made trail mix as a sweet dessert, since "kid's think it's candy."

Some suggested lunch options are:

Sandwiches made with pita bread or whole grain wraps instead of regular bread, and raw fruits and vegetables as a side.

Other suggested options from eatingwell.com were a strawberry and cream cheese sandwich, carrots and low-fat ranch dip, hummus and veggies, rice cakes with nut butter, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and much more.

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