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Nutrition Label, Lunch and More

Mary Ellen Caldwell, RDN

Packing a healthy whole food lunch is important.

Research shows how our children’s attention span, concentration and memory are all impacted by the daily nutrition they receive. All it takes is a little preparation and a weekly plan. Get your grade school kids involved with the meal planning, lunchbox purchase and don’t forget to send them off with a cute and funny note from you!

"My son brought a triple decker PB&J nearly daily when he was in high school. 

It can’t get easier than that!"

— Mary Ellen, Editor and Registered Dietitian

Nutrition Label

While it may be tempting to choose foods based on marketing phrases such as “all natural” on the label, it’s far more important to pay attention to what’s really inside. Knowing the percent daily values, calorie counts and serving sizes will help you make the best food selections for yourself and your family.


Hummus is not just an appetizer; use it as a spread on a turkey sandwich and double up on protein!

Lunch Box Bug

Also known as food poisoning! At home, make sure your kid’s lunchbox is well cleaned. Wash your hands before preparing lunches on your clean counter surface. Along with the lunch, pack your kid’s lunchbox with moist towelettes so they can have clean hands before eating. Invest in an insulated lunch box or double-up paper bags. Keep it simple with a supply of shelf-stable foods such as crackers, fresh fruits, packaged puddings and canned fruits. Include a high quality cold pack in the lunch box when sending perishable foods for lunch, such as hard-boiled eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese or a sandwich with meat, chicken, turkey or tuna.