Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) --- School begins on Monday and parents are finishing up their back to school shopping for everything from pens and pencils, to daily lunch supplies.
Many students say lunch time is their favorite part of the day, but when it comes to making sure kids are eating a healthy lunch, experts say, that's up to the adults.
"I always tell parents, their job as a parent is to decide what their family's going to eat," says registered dietitian Pat Siles. "They make the choices of what you put in the lunchbox."
Officials like Siles say the best way to ensure your child is getting the most wholesome and complete meals during the school day is to plan ahead.
Taking just a few minutes the night before to think through exactly what you're going to give them, can make a big difference.
"In order to feed your family whether it's healthy or not healthy, the first thing is to plan your menus," says Stiles.
According to the 'my plate' effort, 50% of a meal should be fruits and vegetables, one quarter should be protein and one quarter grains.