Survey: packing lunches stresses parents out

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - A surprising number of parents are stressing out about what you will pack for your children’s school lunches Thursday.

According to a new study by Wise Apple, 85% of parents surveyed say they are stressed when prepping and packing lunch.

"You can't go without food. So, yeah. I would put it up there in the stress levels," said Cheryl Li, who is a mother of two girls.

Choosing what food to pack your kids can be stressful. But for Angelique Chaverri that is an understatement.

"It is probably the number one stresser for me is finding food for meals, but especially lunches and especially lunches on the go," Chaverri said.

One of the reasons why: her sons have severe allergies.

"The oldest is allergic to dairy, peanuts, corn, soy and eggs," Chaverri stated. "The youngest is allergic to corn, soy, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, any nightshades, any food dyes or artificial sweeteners, and both of them are allergic to gluten. I spent a couple of hours yesterday preparing food to go with us today."

Mercy Hospital Registered Dietician, Auvia Miller, gets how important it is for your kids to eat healthy and still feel full.

"About half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, maybe a fourth whole grains, and fourth good lean, healthy proteins," Miller stated.

Miller said they are ways to get your kids to get in their vegetables too.

"Kids often like to dip, so vegetables that you can dip: carrot sticks, broccoli sticks, sliced up bell peppers," continued Miller.

All get just how important it is for kids to learn to eat right.

"Lunch is really stressful because our options are so limited and trying to make sure everything is healthy," Chaverri finished.

Here are more ideas on what to pack as healthy snacks and not just for lunch. Miller suggests whole wheat crackers, hummus dip, and canned fruit cups.

Click the link on the side of this page to read the study for yourself.

If you are interested in seeing a dietician, you can contact Jordan Valley Community Health Center. That link is also included on this page.