Healthy Alternatives to Celebrate National School Lunch Week

This week is National School Lunch Week (October 13-17), a celebration of the school lunch program that calls for schools and their cafeterias to offer nutritional options and encourage children to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity.

According to the CDC, Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, a frighteningly high statistic for the youth of America. This week, why not invite parents to join the activation and offer their children healthy AND delicious alternatives to everyday snacks and lunchbox go-tos, see suggestions below!

That juice box might not be as healthy as you think…


You might think that drinks labeled “fruit juice” are a great option for your child but the truth is, some boxed juices can have upwards of 15 grams of sugar per serving, almost the same amount as a can of soda! Instead, try a 100% natural, low sugar option like Coco Joy Kids. The new, naturally fruit-flavored pure coconut water for kids contains no added sugar or preservatives and is only 30 calories.

Instead of their favorite candy pack

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If your child has a sweet tooth but you’re weary of giving them a bag full of high-sugar, artificially flavored gummy snacks, go for Welch’s® Fruit Snacks! The convenient 80-calorie pouches of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks provides 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and are gluten-free, preservative free and even come in a reduced sugar variety.

Pass on the pop!

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Instead of fueling your child with sugary, high-calorie sodas, offer them a Sparkling ICE! The naturally flavored slightly sparkling water is zero calories, gluten-free, sugar-free and contains fruit juice, vitamins and healthy antioxidants.

The perfect crunch with an added bonus!

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Studies show that people who eat whole grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity, so why sneak in those added benefits through a delicious snack like Lance Whole Grain Cracker Sandwiches. Available in 3 great varieties including Cheddar Cheese, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and Peanut Butter, Lance Whole Grains contain no trans fat, and a whopping  11 grams of whole grain per serving!

We received samples and they were a hit with  my 11- year-old son! His favorites were the Sparkling ICE and the Welch’s Fruit Snacks! I don’t think either will last long in our house!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature.  No other compensation was received and I felt that this would interest our readers.

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