It’s the struggle for every parent on the eve of a new school year: Packing healthy lunches for kids.
However, clinical professor Jean-Pierre Chanoine at BC Children’s Hospital believes parents and kids should collaborate on meal solutions.
“I see this more as a way to developing nice and good and healthy eating habits that will be with you for your life. You want to avoid potential complications of eating unhealthy foods later in your life and I think this is a habit you want to start really early on.”
Speaking on the Jill Bennett show, Chanoine adds among the other trends parents and schools are moving towards is packing lunches in reusable containers that are more environmentally friendly.
He says the mindset for parents to take this year is collaborating with their kids in coming up with meals that they both like.
“This is precious time between the parents and kids. It’s something that can be done; the mother can go grocery shopping with the kids and choose to gather food and the child can experiment at home and prepare something that he likes or she likes.”
By working together, parents can allow kids to learn proper eating habits that Chanoine says will follow them later in life.