New Math for the Lean Lunchbox

In an effort to help curb the growing problem of childhood obesity, the National Turkey Federation presents its "New Math for the Lean Lunchbox - Easy as 1-2-3" program to help parents pack healthy school lunches for their children. With one third of children overweight and 11 percent considered obese, it is important for parents to understand how to help children eat nutritious meals now so they learn healthy eating habits early.

When packing lunches for your children, just remember this simple, 1-2-3 formula!

Start with the basics:

1 serving of vegetables (one serving = 1/2 cup chopped raw or cooked or 1 cup leafy)
2 servings of whole grains (one serving = 1 slice bread or 1/2 cup cooked pasta or rice or 1/2 cup cooked cereal or 1 ounce ready-to-eat cereal)
3 ounces of lean protein like turkey

Then add healthy sides, like a serving of low-fat dairy (one serving = 1 cup milk or yogurt or 2 ounces cheese), and juice or a piece of fruit (1 piece fruit or 1 melon wedge or 3/4 cup juice or 1/2 cup canned fruit or 1/4 cup dried fruit)

Lean Lunchbox Sample Menus