Back to school tip: Packing a healthy lunch

Tampa, FL (WFLA) Nutrition experts are warning parents to stay away from prepackaged school lunch meals, packed with a lot of sodium and empty calories, and swap it out for healthier options.

With compartmentalized meal containers and a few simple ingredients, it’s easier to make the switch than you might think.

"If you make your own meals, you’re getting less unhealthy ingredients, less chemicals, plus your saving money and your adding extra nutrition," says registered dietitian, Abigail Dougherty.

Dougherty points to the fast five: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats.

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