As we approach that time of year when kids head back to school, moms everywhere begin to dread the daily lunch packing. How can we make sure that our children are getting what they need, but also what they will actually eat? Dr. Kantor shared tips with the North Carolina News Network and began by suggesting that we start by looking at what they drink. Many children drink several juice boxes a day, all which add up to hundreds of empty calories from sugar. Instead, have children crush their favorite fruits into a pitcher of water, then fill their thermos with this fruit infused water. The more that we engage our children in the process of making their own healthy lunch, the more likely they will be to take ownership of it and enjoy it. Dr. Kantor also shared a healthy, balanced lunch idea, that’s quick and easy to make. Fill a lettuce wrap with nitrate free chicken or turkey, one ounce of cheese, and mustard, serve with 1 cup melon and ¼ cup of nuts. Preparation is key and leads to healthier lifestyle. The less time we have, the more likely we are to grab convenience foods and prepackaged items so it’s best to prep at night, or even on the weekend.
Dr. Kantor’s greatly anticipated new children’s book, The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice, is now available. Be sure to order this highly reviewed book, filled with healthy living tips for the whole family. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.