Tips to Help Your Kids Survive the School Cafeteria

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School cafeterias will no longer be a daunting place to eat with these tips

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Fun ways to jazz up a kid's lunch.

School is almost back in session, and that means early-morning bus rides, after-school programs, and, of course, the dreaded lunchroom.  Many kids think cafeteria food is just plain gross, some find the smaller portions of processed foods less than filling, and others simply don’t get enough nutrients from fries and milk. Regardless of what your child thinks of cafeteria food, we’re here to share a few tips so you can help them survive lunchtime at school.

Tips to Help Your Kids Survive the School Cafeteria

Kids like new things and changing things up. To keep things fresh, start a once-a-month lunchbox club with the other parents in your kid’s class. Another great way to mix things up is by encouraging your child to get involved. Kids love to feel independent — one day a week, have him make his own lunch. It gives him bragging rights at his lunch table and makes him feel like a big kid.

If you need a way to make sure your child gets enough nutrients, prepare homemade granola bars for her dessert, or give her fresh fruits with homemade fruit dip. These alternatives to a store-bought bar contain far less sugar.

Here are a few other tips to help your child survive the school cafeteria this year.

Desk and Dine: Pizza Party Edition

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Pizza party with the classmates.

Every kid loves pizza, so partner with other parents for a monthly pizza party for the little ones. Create a pizza party pool and let the kids dine at their desks while you socialize with other moms and dads.

Leftovers for Lunch

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There's nothing like leftovers for lunch.

There’s nothing like having a homemade dinner for lunch the next day. Remember, many kids don’t have access to a microwave at school, so make it something that is as good cold as it warm.

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