When it comes to packing a school lunch, pediatric dietician Susie Akers said it’s easy for parents to fall into some convenience traps.

“A lot of high processed foods, very high in sodium, very high in fat, minimal entrees, meaning a whole grain protein source, and instead we’re seeing multiple beverages, multiple snack foods, so families feel that their children are eating something while their children are at school,” Akers said.

The dietician said instead of buying prepackaged food, just pull from the basics in your refrigerator for a five-star lunch.

“The five stars of a good meal are a main protein, or a protein source, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, water and dairy, a low fat dairy.”

A whole grain bagel with jelly and peanut butter, for example, is a good protein choice. Add to that, some cut veggies, an apple and low fat yogurt or cheese stick. For a drink, water is better than sugary fruit juice boxes.

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