Contributed by: NAPSA
Pack A Healthy Lunch So Kids Don't Pack On Pounds (NAPSA) - A healthy, nutritious lunch may be one of the most important items you can pack for school.
Statistics from the CDC show that the percentage of children who are overweight or obese tripled between 1980 and 2000. There is a solution to this public health epidemic, though. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences says the school environment is vital in shaping lifelong health and dietary patterns. Parents can help their kids stay fit and healthy by providing well-balanced lunches that are low in saturated and trans fats, high in lean protein and rich in vitamins and minerals.
"By packing a lunch that includes lean proteins like canned tuna, along with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, parents ensure that their children get the healthy foods they need to stay mentally and physically fit," said Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD, co-author of "The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers" and co-founder of MealMakeoverTV.com.
A Tidal Wave of Science Supports Fish
Increasingly, science tells us that consuming at least two seafood meals a week is beneficial for American families. This growing body of evidence, including studies in The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, proves that the lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids in fish, including canned tuna, are essential for building a strong body and mind. Omega-3s increase mental acuity and decrease the risk of diabetes, obesity, asthma and inflammatory disorders.
The FDA says tuna is a beneficial food and the American Heart Association recommends children eat at least two servings a week.
Packing A Lunch Kids Will Love
To make sure children bring fun and nutritious meals to school:
Lunch Box-Ready Recipes
"Tasty tuna classics are an easy and delicious way for parents to guarantee their children are getting the nutrition they need," Bissex said. "If you're short on time, pouched tuna requires no draining and flavored, single-serve tuna by the can eliminates preparation."
For more information about the numerous benefits of tuna, visit www.tunafoundation.org.
Combine the tuna, carrot, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl and mix well.
To pack for school, place the tuna salad in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Pack "scoopers" in separate containers.
Serving Size: Makes 2 Servings
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