What's in your Lunch Box?
Peabody’s Health and Wellness committee has been working on encouraging healthy choices in the lunches children bring to school. On the February Parent Conference day they set up a Nutrition Information Station in the first floor lobby where parents could see and sample healthy, nutritious foods to include in their children’s lunch boxes.
Included was a "yogurt bar" with apples and maple syrup from FRESHFARM Markets and homemade carrot muffins made from a FoodPrints recipe. Also featured were "Wrap it! Pocket It! Make a Face! or Sandwich It!" station, a Snack Station and a Noodle bar.
Chef Myron and Chef Royal demonstrated how to build nutritious lunch wraps and wedges using a variety of food.
Bento Lunch boxes, grocery gift cards and shopping bags were raffled off during the day.
Some messages about assembling lunches were:
- Buy as many one ingredient foods as possible.
- Concentrate on foods from plants first and foods from animals second.
- Include whole grains. Avoid processed grains.
- Buy local when you can. Buy organic when it really matters
Kudos to Sue Bloom, Chair of the Peabody Wellness Committee, all the other committee members for organizing an informative and delicious display of lunch and snack ideas and to the wonderful Peabody Teaching assistants for staffing the station throughout the day.
-written by Sarah Burke