By: Nona Evans
As back to school season is in full swing, finding ways to make your kids’ lunch better than ever is top of mind for a lot of parents – it’s certainly on my mind as I prepare my son’s school lunch. Childhood nutrition is a topic I’m passionate about and in leading Whole Kids Foundation, I’ve been fortunate to help schools around the country understand and implement healthier options for their students through salad bars and school gardens!
Empowering your kids to make their own choices from a variety of healthy ones is an effective way to improve their nutrition, which is why I love shopping at Whole Foods Market with my son. Whole Foods Market can make packing a well-rounded, nutritious lunch easy and enjoyable. There are a few things to look for when packing a colorful lunch:
- The more fruits and vegetables, the better! Try incorporating veggies into your kids’ sandwich and a piece of fruit for a sweet treat.
- Whole grains are a great source of vitamins and fiber.
- Proteins, like peanut butter and yogurt will keep your kids feeling satisfied.
- Dairy is key for kids’ growing bones. If your child doesn’t like milk or cheese products, certain vegetables can also be great sources of calcium, such as broccoli.
I’m also big fan of Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value line, which offers thousands of organic options at a reasonable price point. When it comes to pulling together nutritious lunches, sandwiches are perfect for packing and now with 365 Everyday Value’s new Organic Deli Meats in varieties like Oven Roasted Turkey Breast and Honey Maple Uncured Ham, I don’t have to worry about my son ingesting any questionable or unnecessary ingredients. I like to pair these sandwich meats with my son’s favorite, green spinach (it’s crisp and sweet!) and a slice of ripe tomato.
If you’re wondering why the Whole Kids Foundation is so set on celebrating healthy food choices, it’s because we strive to inspire families and schools to get involved and play a part in the future of childhood nutrition.
This month, the Whole Kids Foundation launched our annual Growing Healthy Kids Campaign, which runs through the month of September aiming to raise funds and awareness to help kids have access to fresh fruits and vegetables by providing schools nationwide with salad bars, gardens and nutrition education programs for teachers. To see how you can help make a difference, visit wholekidsfoundation.org and be sure to visit your local Whole Foods Market and check out our Whole Kids Foundation Kids Club!
Nona Evans, Whole Kids Foundation President & Executive DirectorNona has a longstanding passion for improving the experience of children's education. She has married passion with the importance of nutrition and access to healthy food choices through Whole Kids Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market. Driven by a belief that the best way to ensure a bright future is to inspire it in young people, Nona has spent the last chapter of her career focusing on innovative partnerships that improve education and support healthier foodservice programs in schools.