Are you tired of cafeteria food?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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We know school food is supposed to be really healthy for you, but let’s face it, sometimes it looks gross. I kid you not, one time I got a breakfast burger from the cafeteria, and the “mystery meat” looked like it came from some pigeon. Barf. I ate it anyway, just because I was hungry. It doesn’t need to be such a nightmare, though, because there’s some very easy-to-follow tips for bringing a healthy lunch to school!

For example, it’s better to use a stainless steel case as a lunch pack. Traditional sacs like plastic bags and containers have been know to release a bit of harmful chemicals into your food. Don’t let these molecules get into your meal! Speaking of, it’s important to get treats that include these four main food groups: vegetables, fruits, proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

Carbohydrates are packed with long-lasting energy. If you eat starchy foods like potatoes, legumes, carrots, peas, and plantains, you’ll be able to focus in class and feel fuller longer. Also, if you include raw veggies and fruits like broccoli, cucumbers, apples, and bananas, your body will be packed with healthy vitamins.

As for fatty foods, they are okay as long as they are healthy! This includes the fat in nuts, avocados, and eggs. Throw some proteins like chicken, beef, or fish into your lunch pack, and you’ll be the healthiest kid in school! Not to mention the smartest, since healthy fats can help you concentrate.

I know this is a lot of stuff to keep track of, so the safest bet is to pack some leftovers from last night’s home-cooked dinner. That way, you save time packing without sacrificing a great meal. Just be sure to throw in fresh fruits and veggies for extra nutrition. I really could have used some leftovers in place of that green “mystery meat” from back in the day!

Images courtesy of Melissa and anotherlunch.com on Flickr.