Are the Foods in Your Lunchbox Making You Sick?

  • Topic Info:On hectic mornings, it's important to still take the time to pack a nutritious and safe lunch for you and your children.

    Healthy lunches are essential, but safety is also a concern. What are some tips to make sure safety comes first?

    Start each day fresh by washing lunchboxes and lunch bags with warm, soapy water after each use.

    Perishable foods should not be left out of refrigeration for more than two hours. Remember, many students don't have access to a refrigerator at school.

    Help keep your child's lunch safe by packing it in an insulated lunch bag or lunchbox and including an ice pack or frozen beverage container.

    When building lunches, choose whole-grain breads, low-fat or fat-free dairy options, and lean meats and proteins.

    Sarah Krieger, MPH, RDN, is here to share her top food safety tips, refrigerator safety, the importance of a food thermometer and some new healthy meal ideas.
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS