Tips For A Healthy Student Lunch

September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 6:57 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 6:57 AM EDT

(WKBW) - With school getting back into session, the Food and Drug Administration is offering some helpful tips for packing a healthy lunch for your child.

Tip 1: Plan Your Meals

FDA Officials suggest planning your kids' meals for the whole week at the beginning of the week. If that's too much with your busy schedule, try planning lunches a day or to ahead.

Tip 2: Base Lunch On 'MyPlate'

'MyPlate' is the current nutrition guide from the Department of Agriculture. 'MyPlate' replaced the food pyramin, and recommends breaking your childs meal into four sections: fruit, vegetables, grains, and protein.

Tip 3: Cut Portions

According to the FDA, kids need smaller portions than adults. Experts say you should base the portion size on your child's size, age, and level of activity they receive during the day.

Tip 4: Read The Labels

Make sure to read the labels on your favorite treats and take a look at calories, fat, sugar, and carbohydrate counts.

You can find more information HERE.