Milo: What your child's lunch box says about you

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Lunch Box

It’s back-to-school time already and you're getting back to the usual routine of packing your kid’s lunch; the cost effective way of ensuring they have enough nutrition for the day.

It’s back-to-school time already and you're getting back to the usual routine of packing your kid’s lunch; the cost effective way of ensuring they have enough nutrition for the day.

But, packing “the right” lunch is a balancing act, since the kids can choose what to eat and not eat (regardless of what's in their lunchbox). So how do you make sure you don't make their lunch a bore? Read on!

Preparing a school lunch box is like walking a tightrope for any parent. Choosing the right combination of foods that not only offer balanced nutritional benefits but foods kids will actually eat can be a daunting task for even the most savvy parents, especially if your kids are picky eaters.

 

For those of you who prepare your child’s lunch every day, five days a week, here are a few simple but helpful tips for what you should pack in your kid's lunch box, that have worked for many parents over the years.

The Main Meal

Should be something they like that is cold or can still be eaten cold, since there is no place to heat it up at most schools. Sandwiches are a good choice but it's better to leave the tomatoes on the side so the sandwich doesn’t get soggy and let your kids put the tomato in themselves. But don’t pack the same type of sandwich two days in a row or your kids will get bored of it.

Another option is leftovers, but make sure they like it cold. Many kids enjoy leftover chicken or beef and even leftover fish once in awhile.

The Snack

Snacks (or “sides”) are very important because if they don’t eat their main meal, they’ll more likely fill up with snacks. Also, if they have an after school activity, they can have something to eat.

So a combination of 2-3 of healthy snacks like a piece of fruit or baby carrots, dessert treats, cookies or any other snack your kid likes.

The Beverage

Rather than soda or carbonated sugary beverages, a smart option would be to include a pack or two of healthy ready-to-drink alternatives like MILO to ensure they have the right fluid nutrition, as well as refreshment.

And lastly, water. Since there’s only a limited amount of time for them to get to the lunchroom, find a seat and eat their lunch, packing a small water helps so they don’t have to worry about where to get some.

The final tip is to pay attention to their lunch habits. If the same food items keep coming back untouched, they obviously don’t want it and it doesn’t matter how many times you pack it, they’re not going to eat it. The most fulfilling response you’ll get to hear from your kids when they come home from school is, “Out of everyone at the lunch table I had the best meal!”

This article is brought to you courtesy of the new MILO, the energy food drink of future champions, now available in ready-to-drink packs for your little champs.

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