Pack a healthy lunch with MyPlate

MyPlate can serve as a guide for lunch ideas that are easy to pack, taste good and provide the proper nutrition that school-aged children need to perform well in school.

There is research to support the claim that children who eat well do better in school! If you have school-aged children, chances are you have packed them a lunch. Packing a lunch is a good way to provide a healthy meal for your child and it’s easy if you use the MyPlate from the USDA as a guide to help you.

MyPlate was developed in 2010 to help promote and illustrate the five food groups using a familiar image, a place setting for a meal! This tool provides information about the different food groups, healthy eating tips, physical exercise and resources that focus on making healthy choices.

If you are looking for ideas on how to make your child’s lunches more healthful, try these suggestions:

Schools are also a great resource and offer lunch programs that focus on good nutrition. Visit the USDA to learn more about school lunch programs.