Dietitian: Remember healthy options in back to school lunches

Published On: Aug 27 2013 09:52:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2013 07:35:44 AM CDT

As kids get ready to head back to school, it's important for parents to keep focusing on nutrition.

When you're packing that lunch or snack for your child, remember to think about healthy foods first.

It's good to follow the basic food groups with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean dairy.

At home, dietitians say you can have a designated shelf in your fridge or pantry with healthy snacks that kids can choose from.

They also say it's important for parents to stay patient.

"Just don't get discouraged, it takes children many different exposures to foods to be comfortable with them and to just keep having different options available and allowing them to choose," said Mayo Clinic Health System Registered Dietitian Romi Pattison.

For other good snack food ideas, you can visit the USDA's snack food website at