As many families prepare for the start of school, the Internet abounds with advice on how to pack lunches for young kids. But what about teens? These older students are bottomless pits of appetite and need good nourishment more than ever, but often they get away with subsisting on cheap pizza and hot dogs from the school cafeteria. Instead of settling for sub-standard meals, start the year off right by sitting down with your teen for a chat about why good nutrition matters, how packing a lunch can help, and what your joint plan is for doing that.
First, explain to your teen the benefits of bringing lunch from home. There’s the obvious nutritional advantage — fresh ingredients, homemade food, and plenty of it for ravenous growing bodies. You don’t have to wait in a line, you’ll have more time to socialize while eating, and you’ll generate less waste.