A proper lunch helps to keep a child’s brain sharp at school

If you’re a parent, you are probably very familiar with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, string cheese and apples. We all try to encourage our kids to eat healthy foods that give them nourishment to stay focused and energized throughout the day. Do you know how much DHA omega-3 you pack in their lunches?

DHA makes up about 30 percent of the structural fats in the gray matter of the brain and 97 percent of the omega-3s in the brain. Studies have shown that DHA plays an important role in supporting the mental function of children as they grow.

Variety is also key when preparing school lunches. Your child will not only eat healthily, but also explore new foods and tastes. Here are some great ideas for nourishing lunches packed with DHA your kids will love:
Salmon fajitas with salsa
  • Roll cooked salmon, lettuce and shredded cheese into two Mission® Life Balance™ tortillas, which are fortified with life’sDHA, a vegetarian and sustainable source of DHA. Salmon is also packed with omega-3s, offering even more DHA for your kids. Stick to chicken if you have a picky eater on your hands. Remember to pack the lunch in a cooler bag so it stays fresh.
Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
  • Pack your kids’ thermos with Minute Maid® Enhanced Pomegranate Blueberry juice, which is filled with 50 mg of DHA per 8 fl. oz. serving.
Need a taste of chocolate?
  • For pre-teens who crave a small sweet treat after their lunch, pack a square of GOOD CACAO™ Superfood Chocolate® Coconut Omega-3 chocolate bar. This gluten free treat is packed with 32 mg of DHA.

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