Healthy Ideas for Better School Lunches
For children who attend public or private schools it is imperative that school staff, teachers, administrators and other school personnel are aware of your children’s special dietary needs, especially, if your child has an anaphylactic reaction to certain foods. You might want to consider purchasing a medical alert bracelet or necklace and a backpack/lunchbox tag, and a backpack/lunch box clip that states what your child cannot eat. They even sell charms for shoes. You can also purchase tags and jewelry that show that your child carries an epi-pen/allergy injector. They make some very child friendly jewelry and charms these days.
If your child has a 504 or an IEP, it is very smart to be sure this information is stated on these forms and shared with everyone who comes in contact with your child.
Now, let’s pack some great lunches! The best advice to eat healthy is to read labels and shop at healthier stores. If you have not checked labels, you will be shocked. So many foods in typical grocery stores are loaded with toxic ingredients and are really not real food. Look for ingredients that you recognize. You want real food, real ingredients. Compare the differences. Tell your friends and family members. Changing one’s diet can change one’s life. Many people have been able to get off medications, or lessen them, have been able to lose weight, have been able to feel better and live long, happy lives with a change to healthy foods. A good documentary to watch is The Magic Pill. The show is about changing ones diet because that is the “magic pill,” not a real pill!
Compare these ingredients in a package of stir fry vegetables. Which do you think you should be buying or making?
#1 Vegetables (Carrots, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, Red Bell Peppers, Water, Chestnuts, Baby Cob Corn), Sauce (Water, Soy Sauce [Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt], Sherry Cooking Wine [Sherry Wine, Salt] Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Cider Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Salt, Soybean Oil, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Sake [Water, Rice, Salt] Onion Powder, Natural Flavoring, Natural Flavors), Mushrooms
#2 All organic: carrots, broccoli florets, bok choy, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, snow peas, kale, Filtered Water, Organic Tamari Sauce (Water, Organic Soybeans, Salt), Organic Sugar, Organic Ginger Puree, Organic White Vinegar, Organic Red Miso (Organic Soybeans, Organic Rice Koji, Sea Salt, Water, Koji Spores), Organic Corn Starch, Organic Mirin Wine, Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Garlic, Organic Onion, Organic Caramel Color, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Mushroom Powder, Xanthan Gum.
Ingredients to pay attention to and avoid: modified food starch, soy that is not organic, other ingredients that are not organic, and natural flavors and flavorings.
What is Modified Food Starch?
It is an ingredient that has been chemically altered from a variety of starches. Could be from corn, potatoes, tapioca, rice or wheat.
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