Healthy food benefits people of all ages; not only adults. While you are very careful about what you eat, it is equally as important to be careful about what your children eat. Breakfasts before school can be hectic, messy, and all-over-the-place. This elevates the appeal of an easy, grab-and-go meal while on the run to the school bus or to the car. While breakfast can feel chaotic and out-of-control, lunch is a time where your child can settle down and enjoy a nutritious meal. The school day presents many opportunities to learn, and that doesn’t stop at the lunchroom. Teach your child these few tips on how to eat healthily, and they will be thoughtful eaters for a lifetime.
What’s Being Served?
Understanding what your child’s school is serving is the key to helping your child understand what a nutritious lunch should look like. Keep a school menu with you to go over with your child. Over the weekend, have your child select the lunches that he or she would like for the week. Discuss what the healthy options are versus the unhealthy ones. If you find your traditional school menu insufficient, look into local school catering services that offer complete and nutritious lunches.
As your child gets older and has more autonomy in the cafeteria, you want to make sure you’ve instilled some lunch lessons in their growing minds. Teach your child about nutrition labels that are found on certain foods. Go over the food pyramid and the general concept of portion sizes as they fit on a dinner plate. These are lessons that they will remember for the rest of their lives and will make them think twice when reaching for a second cookie after finishing a healthy, nutrient-rich school lunch.
As a parent, the best thing you can do is be an advocate for your child and the entire school. Go to PTA meetings, hold cocktail parties in your home, host backyards barbeques — all as a simple way to reach out to the other parents at your child’s school. Hiring a professional catering company is a great way to ensure your child is getting the proper foods that will allow them to learn and grow to their full potential.
School Lunch Catering from Abundance Catering
When you work with The Abundance Catering Company, you get a partner that understands how important it is that your co-workers or students are satisfied with the catering service. Whether you need catering for 10 people or 1,000, Abundance Catering can help. The Abundance Catering Company specializes in corporate catering and K-12 school dining services for Anne Arundel, Howard, and Baltimore counties, as well as Baltimore City. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, for weekly updates regarding our services and more!