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What should I pack in my son's lunches that is healthy and will fill him up?

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Oct. 17, 2017

My son is always hungry. We have been using portion control in his lunches but he is starving when he comes home. What can I send with him to fill him up?

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First of all, fill him up with a good balanced breakfast prior to leaving for school. Include oatmeal if he likes it, and provide sufficient time for him to eat his entire breakfast, once awake and alert! Then make sure he is in fact eating his full lunch. If he is, you may want to add an item. Avoid foods that provide empty calories, and avoid too much of foods with high water content. Have his lunch include bread and milk, if he likes them. Boys have growth spurts and generally high energy levels, so you have to make sure that he is eating a sufficient amount of food for the time he away from home. Being hungry will deter from his focus at school, and can affect his ultimate learning potential each day. If he comes home hungry, offer nutritional snacks, like fruits and veggies, and encourage drinking water...then get a good dinner into him. It is better he eat more during the day with time to burn calories, than coming home and over eating because he feels hungry. Lastly, make sure his hunger is just that and not that he eats for other reason.

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Whole grain sandwich, fresh fruit, mixed nuts and a granola bar for a extra snack.

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User in Long Beach, NY
Sept. 30, 2015

Guacamole all the way!

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Fiber and protein are the best ways to stay full. I'd suggest something with peanut butter, raspberries, blackberries or pears. Veggies are a great option but we all know the dangers kids see in broccoli. I would also suggest adding lean meat to breakfast to help get them through the day.

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