(Family Features) - Winter is upon us, and as many parents know, it can be a struggle to find quick and easy lunch solutions for your kids that are healthier, satisfying and taste great. One great option is, soup.
Surprised? Don't be. According to Jodie Shield, M.Ed., RD, mother of three and co-author of "Healthy Eating for Kids: How Your Children Can Eat Smart from 5-12," says, "Sending your child to school with a healthy lunch is a way to care for him/her even when you're not there. A school lunch needs to provide a balance of nutrition and it's not as hard as you would think to do so. A serving of grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat, and beans for example, can come from packing a sandwich and a fun soup, along with milk and a piece of fruit."
Shield has developed some tips to help make lunch packing easy, healthier and most importantly fun:
- Lunchtime is your kid's time to have fun and get energized. So it's nice to give them a break from the normal sack lunch and pack a variety of fun and tasty food items, such as Campbell's® Chicken & Stars soup, half a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, apple slices and low-fat milk.
- Kids follow their parents, so be a good role model. Eating fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet for both kids and adults can be easy, fun and delicious; like adding fresh vegetables to a sandwich, cutting fruit into different shapes and drinking V8 V-Fusion® juice.
- Stock your kitchen with a variety of nutritious and great tasting foods. For example, pre-cut vegetables with low-fat dips, fruit slices with yogurt, and reduced -sodium soups are easy items to put into any insulated container or lunch box.
In an effort to help parents make healthier choices for their kids, Campbell Soup Company has reduced the sodium in all 12 Campbell's® Kids soups - including popular favorites like Double Noodle® or fun shapes like new Disney® Princess soups -- to meet the government criteria for "healthy" foods - controlled for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and containing a positive nutrient source such as good source of vitamin A. In addition to being healthy, they also offer the taste kids enjoy.
"As a registered dietitian, I recommend that you arm your kids for peak performance when school ramps up," says Shield, "and send them off with a warm, nutritious soup to help fuel them for the rest of the day. With a few simple swaps, you can pack a lunch that you'll feel good about and your kids will have fun eating too."
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