LovelyLabels.com is gearing up for the upcoming school year, which is right around the corner. Recently, I have been reading more and more articles written about the benefits of children receiving a good, healthy diet coupled with the right amount of sleep as they prepare for the upcoming school season. Well, good nutrition and sleep, among other things, are important not only during the school season, but throughout the entire year, and the rest of a child's life! Nonetheless, as this topic is being offered to the public eye these days, I thought it would be appropriate to enumerate a few items worth considering regarding a child's well balanced diet.
Let's begin with breakfast. According to Dr. Debby Demory-Luce, a registered dietitian with the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, "breakfast should provide one-fourth to one-third of the day's energy and nutrient needs. A balanced breakfast should provide some protein, fat and carbohydrate, as well as important nutrients that kids often miss, such as fiber, vitamin C, folate, iron and calcium." A nutritious breakfast goes a long way to help your little learner get a jump start on his or her day and should not be missed, no matter how busy the household gets in the early morning.
Dr. Demory-Luce goes on to state, "lunch should provide one-third of a child's daily intake of vitamins, mineral and calories." To ensure children receive a nutritionally balanced diet, she recommends choosing a variety of foods from the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.
Children naturally want a say so in their lunch preparation and enjoy choosing from a variety of selections. A parent can use this opportunity to teach the child a life long lesson about the selection of foods that provide proper nutrition for growth as part of an overall balanced diet. Take a look at some these fun lunch bag labels to identify the lunch bag, as well as a lunch box note inside. (See a recent post: Encouraging Words for ideas on some fun lunch box notes).
Make it a great day!