6 Lunchbox Makeovers

The school year is back in full swing, and while many school cafeterias are striving to serve more nutritious fare, sending your kids off to school with a homemade lunch helps ensure that they’re getting the nutrients they need to keep them energized and enhance their performance throughout the school day. This is especially important nowadays, given that the number of severely overweight children in the United States has tripled since 1980. You can help reverse this trend and improve your children's health by making some simple swaps to their lunch boxes.

Bonus: These healthy swaps can help you with your own weight-loss goals as well. Start swapping!

Swap…high-fat lunch meats like bologna and salami
For…lean reduced-sodium deli meats like roast turkey, lean ham, and grilled chicken breast

Swap…white bread and white pasta
For…100% whole-grain bread and whole-wheat pasta

Swap…fried chips and other high-fat, low-nutrient snacks
For…reduced-fat cheese sticks, a handful of nuts, veggie dippers (like carrots) with hummus, or a fiber-rich snack like plain air-popped popcorn

Swap…fruit canned in sugary syrup
For…fresh fruit or fruit packed in its natural juice

Swap…cookies and cakes
For…fresh fruit or sugar-free gelatin

Swap…sugary fruit drinks and sodas
For…vegetable juice blend, water, or low-fat or fat-free milk

With The South Beach Diet Online and Mobile You Get:

Healthy never tasted so good! Become a member to access all of our delicious recipes, weight-loss tools, expert advice from our nutritionists and fitness coaches, community support, and much more!

Lose Weight Now!

FREE Diet Profile

Tap here for your free diet profile

Is the South Beach Diet right for you?

lbs
lbs
ft in
yrs
Woman Man
 Please enter an E-mail address.
We'll send you follow-up emails. Privacy Policy
Jennifer K.

Jennifer K. Lost 110 lbs with The South Beach Diet!

Lose weight now
download the app now

NEW!

Weight Loss Support, 24/7

Download the app now!

Related Content