Is your child's Lunch box Healthy...
Good food habits set early in childhood can last a lifetime. Lunches provide around one third of our daily nutritional needs, so it’s important to put some thought and planning into them. Here are some tips on how to prepare a healthy lunchbox.
Seven steps to creating healthy, varied and interesting lunchboxes
- Include a wide variety of foods - starchy foods, protein, dairy, and fruit and vegetables
- Try to offer different foods every day - no one wants to be eating a ham sandwich five days a week!
- Vary the types of bread e.g. pitta bread, bagels, wholemeal rolls - keep a stock in the freezer
- Cook extra rice/pasta in the evening - these can make interesting salads
- Theme your lunchbox on a different country, e.g. Italian - try a pasta salad, Mexican fill flour tortillas
- Home-made soup (in a Thermos flask) is great for cold days, while salads are light and refreshing for warmer weather. Both are packed with essential vitamins and minerals
- Fluids are important for children - up to 6 cups of fluid should be encouraged daily. Milk and water are the best options. Straws and brightly coloured drinks bottles can make rehydrating more interesting!
- See more at: http://www.safefood.eu/Publications/Consumer-info/Healthy-lunchboxes.aspx#sthash.ALZHJuCX.dpuf