Tips on packing a great lunch

Tip #1: Brown Bagged It, Save Money and Be Nutritious
Many of us are trying to save money, and what better way than by taking a homemade and healthy lunch to school?

Tip #2: Let Your Child Help Plan and Prepare School Lunches
When they're involved, chances are they will resist trading their carrots for sweets. It is also a great way to learn about nutrition and it will be something they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Tip #3: Pack Meals that are Fun to Eat as Well as Nutritious
Lend toward nutrition, but remember what your kids like and will actually eat. Transform healthy foods into tasty treats. Add variety to your kid's lunch by sending items, such as vegetables, in a new way. For example, if you are trying to get your child to eat celery, spread peanut butter on it. Or another example, use a cookie cutter to make shapes out of sandwiches.

About Ruth Carey:
Ruth Carey is a nutritionist of more than 20 years who tackles everything from sports nutrition to eating disorders to everyday healthy habits. She teaches monthly classes at the Nike World Headquarters Fitness center and speaks routinely to the media and at conferences nationwide. For more information on Ruth Carey or the products featured in this segment go to

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