NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With schools getting started across the Tri-State Area this week, parents have a lot of new challenges — among them is trying to find a way to pack a healthy, fun lunch.

CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes interviewed Robin Barrie Kaiden, a mom and nutritionist who offered some tips to help parents pack a lunch that their kids will be excited about eating.

Among her suggestions, Kaiden said it’s important to involve children in choosing what foods are in their lunches, but ultimately it’s the parents’ decision.

“Getting kids involved and planning their meals makes it more fun for them, makes them excited to eat their meals,” Kaiden said. “So take them grocery shopping. Let them choose items. Give them options: Do they want an apple or an orange? Have them cook with you. Make them cook muffins or cookies, and then they could put it in their lunch box so they’ll be excited to eat what they made.”

For the full interview, click on the video above.

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