Myth vs. Fact: Sack Lunches Always the Healthier Choice?
MYTH VS. FACT
Myth: “Sack lunches from home are always healthier than school meals.”
Fact: You can make healthy choices in the lunch line at school or pack a not-so-healthy lunch from foods found in your pantry at home. It’s not so much where your lunch comes from, but what it is you’re eating! Just remember to choose whole grain breads and cereals, lean meats and protein foods, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats, and lots of fruits and veggies! Limit bad fats like pre- packaged baked goods and empty calories from sugary drinks and your lunch will be healthy and nutritious whether it comes from a brown bag or a cafeteria line!
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.