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SEATTLE - It's back to school this week for a several school districts around Western Washington.

So, what's healthier – packing or buying your child's lunch?

Registered dietitian Kathleen Putnam said it depends. First she recommends deciding which lunch will your child eat.

For some families, using the hot lunch program at schools can be more economically feasible if they are subsidized. And school lunches do offer healthy options in order to meet nutritional guidelines.

But Putnam also has an easy list to help families pack a healthy lunch:

  • Veggies
  • Fruit
  • Protein
  • A treat, something your child will eat

"Involve your kids when packing a lunch. Let them help put things on grocery list, with said expectations, you might have a much healthier lunch and a better outcome," said Putnam.

Some more tips: notice what your child brings back that they didn't eat and keep a tab of how hungry they are at the end of the day.

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