Packing a perfect lunch that’s simple, nutritious and fun with a little help from the kids!

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How wonderful would it be if your kid assisted you with the lunch making process? Not only would this help save time but it will also give you quality time with your child. This time together is a great way to find out how school is going, what interests your child has and it’s also a great time to further educate them in a subject that is not represented well in most schools… Nutrition! By incorporating a little fun into the routine your kids will be begging to give you a hand in the kitchen and better yet they will be more likely to eat and enjoy everything that you make together. Try Incorporating some of the following ideas into your next lunchbox creations.

One of the easiest ways to educate kids about nutrition and to get them excited about fruits and vegetables is to encourage them to eat a rainbow of colors. Foods in a variety of different colors offer an array of vitamins and nutrients.

Red foods contain an antioxidant called lycopene which helps protect our skin from sun damage and helps
lower the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Orange and yellow colored foods contain vitamin A (beta-carotene) which acts as an antioxidant to help protect the immune system and helps cell communication.

Blue and purple foods improve cardiovascular health as well as decrease short term memory loss.

Green foods help to strengthen bones, brain and muscles along with helping the body with the healing process.

Try making a rainbow display from various colored fruits and vegetables, this presentation will make the food appear fun and lively to your child. It’s also a great creative project for your special helper to take on in the kitchen.