According  to WILX New 10, Your Breaking News and Weather Authority, parents often choose easy meals over nutritious food for their children's lunches.

Buying processed foods seems easier, but you spend more money purchasing this instead of taking time to prepare healthier meals for lunch.

Experts suggest making tuna or chicken salad with Greek yogurt instead of the traditional fatty mayo.  Children can enjoy this in a sandwich with whole wheat bread or in a whole wheat wrap. You can also change it up and serve it with crackers.

Let's talk about after school snacks. Children should eat a snack after school to keep energized for homework and extracurricular activities.

Beltran lists nutritional snacks that will keep kids full until dinner.  For example:

1. Cheese sticks or string cheese

2. Cut up fruits and vegetables

3. Trail mix

4 Plain popcorn

Refrain from giving children sugary cereal, candy or other snacks that are high in sugar after school. For more nutritional snacks, please click on the above link.