Blueberries on a PB&J and an egg added to a simple pasta dish.
Registered dietician and nutritionist Gisela Bouvier says when packing a lunch for your child, keep it simple and balanced.
“If you can incorporate fruits, veggies, grains, absolutely incorporate those, but more than anything, food that they like,” said Bouvier.
It doesn’t always have to be a full meal inside the lunchbox.
Healthy snacks can keep them fueled throughout the day.
“You want to make sure they are actually eating foods that they enjoy,” said Bouvier.
If the morning slips by, Southwest Florida school districts are offering a menu of healthy options for a couple of bucks a day, or nothing at all.
This year breakfast and lunch is free at all 79 Lee County public schools, and it will be available to all students.
“We often hear that we are their only source of meals when they come to school. It helps takes away the stigma for those students as well,” said Lauren Couchois of LCSD Food and Nutrition Services.
The District is also focusing on a healthy menu — all kid tested and approved.
Vegetable bars with local produce will be implemented in each elementary school.
“We are very proud to say that every day on the student tray will be something local,” said Couchois.
Lee County served $14.1 million meals last year.
They expect that number to increase this new school year.
The District’s Community Eligibility Program is federally funded and doesn’t cost the district a dime.
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