Pack fun and nutrition into your child’s lunch


School is almost back in session and that means it’s time to start thinking about what to pack in your kids’ lunches to keep them healthy when they’re away from home.

In a new video from Akron Children’s Hospital, dietitian Kendall Smith discusses creative ways to keep your child’s lunch nutritious and fun.

“Packing a creative and nutritious lunch is possible with careful planning and being open-minded,” Smith said. “Be inventive and think of fun food combinations to spark your child’s interest.”

Nutrition is the top concern when packing your child’s lunch, which should include a lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and healthy fats.

Smith also recommends keeping children’s lunches colorful and paying attention to the lunchbox layout and how the food looks.

“Children respond to visual cues when they’re eating so something like making sandwich cutouts with cookie cutters works well,” Smith says. “You can also put stickers or personal notes in their lunch so that it’s creative and personalized for them and they know that it’s been made with love and care.”

For more on what to include in your child’s lunch, watch the video featuring Smith at

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News Facts
  • Plan ahead and be open minded when it comes to packing creative and nutritious lunches that kids will like.  
  • Children respond to visual cues when eating.
  • Keep children’s lunches colorful and pay attention to the lunchbox and how the food looks.
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