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A healthy lunch is a very important part of the school day for any teen, as vitamins and nutrients are essential for ensuring that the brain functions properly in class. In addition, teens are still growing and changing at an exponential rate, so a lunch bag filled with filling and nutritious snacks can keep your kid from feeling hungry throughout the day. Even if the school cafeteria serves meals at lunchtime, packing a homemade lunch has several advantages. Filling food containers with homemade sandwiches, salads and soups provides a healthier alternative to cafeteria fare. Sending your teen off to school with a homemade lunch is also helpful for dealing with allergies such as gluten, dairy, egg, soy or peanuts in a crowded school environment.
Long gone are the days of the plain paper lunch bag. PBteen offers a wide variety of stunning styles, which you can mix and match with your teen’s backpack. Choose from a selection of prints and colors that appeal to boys and girls in middle school or high school. Our teen lunch bags are also functional as they are fashionable. A variety of models include pockets for holding water bottles or bottled drinks, and several options include dual compartments to help separate meals and snacks. Details such as handles and straps let your teen carry the bag from the locker to the cafeteria in comfort. If space is an issue, opt for a smaller bag that can fit into a small backpack or messenger bag.
Making the most of space can be challenging, but a little bit of planning can go a long way. When choosing a lunch bag, be sure to measure your kid’s backpack or bag. If the bag does not include enough space to fit a lunch bag, pack an additional tote bag or choose a model with a large shoulder strap. Use bento boxes or containers with compartments to separate different foods and keep your teen’s lunch bag organized. PBteen offers an excellent selection of containers to help you maximize space within the bag. Pay attention to the measurements of both the bag and any containers you want to pack inside it to avoid overstuffing the bag.
All of our lunch bags include water resistant lining materials. These help insulate the interior of the bag, which keeps foods tasting fresh after spending time in a bag or locker. They also keep ingredients from leaking onto books or homework if a container leaks while the bag rests on the locker shelf. Lining materials are environmentally friendly and food-safe, so you can rest assured that your kid’s lunch will remain as healthy as it was when you packed it.
Packing a healthy lunch involves quite a bit of planning, and you can make the job easier by having your teen take part in the process. Let your kid use a homework holder or planner as a tool for planning meals and snacks for the week. The teen years are excellent years for learning cooking and food preparation skills. When left to their own devices, many teens tend to fill up on chips, pizza, cookies and soda. Help your kid learn how to prepare healthy and balanced hot and cold meals for lunchtime and teach him or her how to source snacks that can provide plenty of fuel for challenging classes. Sandwiches on whole grain bread, soups with fiber sources such as rice or barley, whole grain wraps, burritos and large, hearty salads make great choices for meals. Apple slices, grapes, homemade granola bars, nuts or trail mix make excellent snacks. Explain the importance of balancing protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Include sources of nutrients such as zinc, iron and Omega-3 fatty acids if possible, as these have brain boosting properties and help provide energy throughout the day.