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School lunches ๐ŸŽ for your ADHD child

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School lunch programs vary from nutritious and health-conscious, to fast-food oriented and comparable to a microwave dinner. If your childโ€™s school does not provide healthy lunch options that include fruits, vegetables, and proteins, you may need to pack your childโ€™s lunch to help ease ADHD symptoms throughout the day. This is especially true if your child has food sensitivities. If your child is on medication and doesnโ€™t have much of an appetite during the day, try these tools to create a more appealing lunch while balancing nutrition:

  • Let them choose food items but keep guidelines. Their lunch should include a fruit and/or vegetable, whole grain, protein and a dairy item. Adjust these items according to food allergies and sensitivities.
  • Be certain to involve the teacher and ask them to occasionally monitor your child during lunch time. They can help you determine why your child may not be eating – whether it be lack of appetite or distractions in the lunch room. The teacher can also let you know if your child is throwing away certain food items.

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