If your child attends our school, it’s important to make sure that s/he has healthy lunch options that will keep him/her focused and energized throughout the school day. Balanced lunches provide your child with essential nutrients that will sustain brainpower and support learning. Here are some healthy lunch ideas for your child.
Delicious and Nutritious Sandwich Options
Sandwiches should contain lean meats (no more processed food like bologna or hot dogs), cheese, and fresh vegetables on healthy grains. White bread is made from unhealthy, refined white flour, and can give your child a brief energy rush, followed by a long bout of fatigue that affects concentration in the afternoon. Turkey meat can also cause that problem. Instead, opt for chicken or tuna salad, or lean ham or roast beef on whole grain bread. Dress the sandwich with light mayonnaise and fresh vegetables.
Healthy Side Dishes
The best side dish for a healthy lunch is a piece of fruit or some raw vegetables. Fruit contains healthy, natural sugars that can satisfy your child’s sweet tooth, and it also provides key vitamins and nutrients. Consider including apple or orange slices, a bag of grapes, or some dried mixed fruit. Baby carrots, cucumber slices, celery sticks, edamame, and raw broccoli are also great side dishes. Fruit or vegetables can be paired with a low-fat/sugar dipping sauce to make them more appealing to younger students. Chips, Cheetos, Doritos and other unhealthy chips should not make it into a child’s lunch when there are so many better choices as stated above. Become a conscientious label reader, putting back those packages that contain high sugar/fructose/chemicals.
The American Cancer Society has said that processed meat such as hot dogs and certain lunch meats can lead to cancer, so finding healthy alternatives is a parent’s job. Moving towards meatless meals a few times a week could lead to a healthier adult life.
Low-Sugar Lunch Treats
You can include a fun treat in your child’s lunch without resorting to using unhealthy chips or candy. An all-natural or organic snack bar or granola bar can provide an energy boost without a resulting sugar crash. A handful of dark chocolate-covered nuts is another healthy option, as the protein in the nuts provides energy. Again, read the labels before buying. An informed consumer is a healthier consumer!
At Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, we are committed to empowering parents with teen and child resources that improve student performance at our K-10 schools. This includes offering healthy lunch ideas, a comprehensive student health program, and collaborative tools that facilitate communication between our charter school teachers, parents, and students. To learn more about our PBL STEM academies, call us today at (469) 522-3696.
Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy firmly believes that scholars excel when given the proper tools and the freedom to take ownership of their own education. Our prep school utilizes a project-based learning approach, which is characterized by the cooperative efforts of students and their teachers. The faculty members at our K-10 school serve as advocates and guides for our scholars. This enables our students to become emotionally resilient and independent learners.
Our charter school empowers students by offering a curriculum that is relevant to real world applications. We nurture the development of the whole child, teaching our students to be tolerant and understanding citizens of the world. We have a heavy emphasis on “Engineering is Elementary” in K – 5 th grades and a focus on Information Technology (IT) and Health Sciences through our STEM academies. We maintain a respectful, anti-bullying, positive school culture, as exemplified by our Safety, Trust, Respect, Responsibility (STRR) initiative.
If Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy sounds like the ideal K-10 school for your child, give us a call at (469) 552-3696. Or, explore our website to find out more about us, including our courses for programming for kids.
Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy is currently a K-12 school that is devoted to preparing its scholars to become the next generation of leaders. Through our exceptionally gifted and dedicated faculty members, our rigorous curriculum, and our empowering school environment, students at our charter school become thoroughly prepared to enter institutes of higher learning and the competitive workforce.
Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy invites families to explore our website to learn more about our academic offerings, including our dual-language program, project-based learning, and our STEM academies. You can also call us at 469-998-0213 for information about the enrollment process.