SKOKIE, Ill. and QUINCY, Mass., Jan. 11 -- Kicking off the new year, Peapod, the
Recent research from Preventing Chronic Disease found adolescents who typically brought their lunch from home five days per week ate fast food on fewer occasions; consumed fewer servings of soda, fried potatoes, and high-sugar foods; and ate more fruit and vegetables compared with adolescents who never brought their lunch to school.
"Packing a daily lunch for your kids can be challenging," says Lara Field, MS, RD, LDN. "For those just getting started – perhaps as a new year's resolution – my number one tip is planning. The key is to plan your weekly menus in advance and stock up on healthy choices your kids will be excited to bring to school."
Peapod offers excellent online shopping tools to plan and prepare healthy lunches. Busy parents can quickly shop off a list of their previous purchases to fill their fridge with the nutritious fruits, veggies and whole grains they've bought in the past. Additionally, Peapod's NutriFilter tool acts as a virtual nutritionist, reading product labels and highlighting items that fit health and nutrition needs in a variety of categories. Kids can even create their own custom plans, selecting all the properties of a healthy diet such as high fiber (>5 grams), low fat (3 grams or less), and high calcium (>30% DV).
Field's ten tips can get any parent on track for planning:
Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy people, Peapod today stands as the country's leading Internet grocer, serving the metro areas of Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Milwaukee, New Haven, Providence and Washington, D.C., Suburban New York City and communities in the states of Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Virginia. The Skokie, Illinois-based company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Ahold in The Netherlands, has made over 15 million deliveries. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (573.2763), or visit www.peapod.com.
About Lara Field, MS, RD, LDN
A Peapod shopper herself, registered dietitian Lara Field has always had a passion for kids' nutrition. With clinical practice at two of the top ranked pediatric hospitals in the country, Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and University of Chicago Medical Center, she has specialized in pediatric nutritional care, including managing picky eating, food allergies and other digestive diseases including celiac disease. For more information about Lara's services, call 847-651-4729 or visit www.feedkids.com.
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