For many parents, packing their children’s lunches and snacks can feel like
guesswork. Will they eat it, or not? Packing sugary, unhealthy items may often seem
like the only way to make sure they eat something during the school day. Manisha Panchal,
M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, sees many parents in this
predicament. Her advice? Don’t give up on healthy foods just yet. A few simple
tricks are all it takes to create healthy school lunches you and your kids will love.
“Don’t give up on healthy foods, even if your children don’t always return from school with an empty lunch box,” she says. “The preschool and elementary school years are a critical time to help children learn healthy eating habits for life.”