Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

With your kids heading back to school, it’s time to start preparing your child’s lunch again! A nutritious lunch plays an important role in your child’s overall well-being and focus at school.   Below are some healthy food items that are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and, most importantly, beneficial to your child’s dental health. dental healthy lunch idea


Crunchy vegetables, such as carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli, are not only filled with vitamins and minerals, but they are also great snacks for your teeth. The high water content rehydrates your body, dilutes natural sugars, and washes away food particles while we eat. Getting your kids to eat their veggies can be difficult. To make these snacks a little more interesting, include a side of hummus, fresh salsa or a yogurt dip.    


Cheese is a great source of protein, calcium and phosphorus, which also increases the saliva in your mouth, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease. If you’re using cheese in a sandwich, use whole wheat bread as it contains more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.   dental health lunch idea


Turkey is a great source of protein and is a lean form of meat filled with vitamins and minerals. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your metabolism and, due to the high content of phosphorus, helps strengthen your bones and teeth. This is a great item to include in your child’s lunch in a sandwich or on its own.  

Nuts and seeds

Not only are nuts and seeds a great source of protein and healthy fats, but they are also high in folic acid. Folic acid plays a major role in preserving gum tissues and preventing periodontal disease. Raw whole almonds or almond slivers are great options to include in your child’s lunch.  dental healthy lunch idea  


Fruit juices and other artificially flavored drinks are filled with sugar and chemicals that fosters tooth decay. Water is by far the healthiest option. It not only rehydrates the body, but also creates more saliva in your mouth, meaning less tooth decay and stronger enamel. If your child struggles to drink plain water, add fresh fruits – such as strawberries, blueberries or lemon slices- to add some natural flavor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sources:                                                                                                                                                    

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