Did you know that the food your child eats can impact their overall health as well as their dental health? This school year, help your little hero achieve academic excellence and maintain a super smile by packing them nutritious, tasty and energizing lunches.
As a parent, you are probably juggling a million things on top of planning for daily school lunches. No need to worry, though. Packing a healthy lunch should only take a few minutes and can be made easy with some simple planning.
Here is a list of healthy, yet delicious snacks, our children’s dentists at Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry have approved to make a super-fantastic lunch box!
Veggies are the Snacks with a Snap
That crunchy texture many vegetables have mean they are dense in water and high in fiber. Their naturally abrasive properties also help to clean away food particles and even plaque as your children munch on them.
These snacks are packed with vital vitamins and minerals that can help to keep your little hero’s energy going all day long. A balanced diet for your little one should start with a fresh serving of their favorite vegetables. Peel them, cut them, or chop them up and slip them into a ziploc bag for a quick snack to add to your little one’s lunch box.
Some delicious veggie and dip combos:
- Carrots + Garden Hummus
- Celery Natural Peanut Butter
- Bell Peppers + Low Fat Cream Cheese
- Broccoli + Ranch
- Cucumber + Hummus
Cubes of Cheese for a Savory Bite
Low-fat cheese is a great dairy option to add flavor to basic school lunches. These snacks are not only filling, but they also have essential nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus that support bone and teeth strength.
Cheese also helps with the production of saliva, which helps the mouth get rid of bacteria and break down food particles. You can cut cheese into bite-sized cubes (or purchase them pre-cut) to make a fun snack for your little one to look forward to during lunchtime.
Pair these snacks with cheese bites:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Apple Slices
- Natural Almonds
- Whole Grain Toast
Children love sweet snacks that come in fun shapes. Swap out artificially flavored fruit snacks for naturally delicious fruits as an on-the-go snack.
Incorporating your little one’s favorite fruits into their lunchtime meal is a simple way to ensure they are consuming all the essential vitamins and minerals they need to grow strong and keep their teeth healthy.
Fruits perfect for snacking:
Seeds and Nuts to Keep Little Bellies Full
Children have fast metabolisms, but foods rich in healthy fats can keep children satisfied throughout the school day – helping them to stay focused and engaged in the classroom. Nuts and seeds have the essential fiber, calcium, vitamin D and folic acid needed to keep them full.
These are essential nutrients for building strong teeth and protecting against periodontal disease.
Pack a handful of these in their lunch bag:
- Natural Almonds
- Unsalted Cashews
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
Also, get your little hero an eco-friendly reusable water bottle so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day. Incorporating all of these superfoods into your little hero’s lunch will support overall health, strong teeth, and healthy gums.