The foods our children eat at school for lunch and snacks should be providing them with energy and nutrients to help them be alert and get through the school day. It should also provide them with nutrients that help in the their development and growth.
Our child’s teeth, gums and body need a variety of vitamins and minerals to aid in growth and health.
Here are some back to school lunchbox ideas provided by the Ontario Dental Association
Fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits and kiwi fruit are good sources of vitamin C — important for healthy gums. Carrots and dried apricots contain vitamin A, a nutrient essential for building strong teeth.
Cheese, yogurt and milk all contain calcium. Cheese also stimulates saliva production which helps clear away food particles from your teeth. Low-fat yogurt (with no added sugar), cheese slices on whole-wheat crackers and small containers of milk are great options.
Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry and fish are good sources of phosphorous, which is needed for tooth development.
Smart snacking. Growing children and teens often need more than three meals a day. Smart snacking will ensure they have the energy they need to take them through the school day. Whole grains (in snacks like crackers and granola bars) and nuts provide protein, as well as being rich in magnesium and phosphorous.
Cut the cola. Opt for water, milk or pure fruit juices instead of carbonated drinks. Soda, sports drinks and sweetened fruit juices often contribute to tooth decay because of high sugar and acid content.
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