775. That’s how many calories are in the average child’s lunchbox, according to research from nutritional app, ShopWell. Shocked? Us, too! Their research says those nearly 800 calories are made up of 32 grams of fat, 47 grams of sugar and 112 grams of carbohydrates. Yikes!
In 1980, just 7% of American children were considered to be obese. These days, that percentage has grown to be nearly 18%, according to the CDC. While many parents are struggling to understand why their kids are overweight and looking for solutions, revamping their lunches might be a great place to start. (Crunched for time? Here are easy, fast healthy meals to start with!)
Check out the infographic from ShopWell below to learn more about the hidden calories, fat, carbs and sugars lurking in your child’s lunchbox, and how to pack a healthier lunch for the back-to-school season. Consider swapping classic calorie-laden culprits such as potato chips, processed cookies, and sugary drinks with alternatives such as fresh or freeze-dried fruit, whole wheat breads, and water. Simple lunchtime switches can make a huge difference in your child’s overall health, weight, and well being.
Here are some healthy snacks to have on hand for when your kids come home from school.
Ready to get packing? Take the Power Your Lunchbox pledge from Produce for Kids and help your child start off the school year the healthy way!