A complete and balanced lunch contains several foods high in carbohydrates and at least one food high in protein, plus a little fat. Here's how a typical kid's lunch breaks down:
- Peanut butter and jelly on whole-wheat bread
- 1/2 carrot
- 1 string cheese stick
- 6 ounces of apple juice
- A cup of fat-free chocolate pudding
- 675 calories (58% carbohydrates, 17% protein, 26% fat)
- Half of a child's daily calcium requirement
- 100% of his vitamin A
- Significant amounts of many other vitamins and minerals.
That's a pretty well balanced meal.