Back to school
Make school an adventure with yummy surprises every day! Lunch boxes should be filled with a variety of interesting foods that your child will enjoy while boosting their brain-power and sustaining their energy throughout the day. Lunch at school is also a social occasion, so why not throw in a few extra treats that can be shared?
10 Lunch box tips
- Fresh fruit is best. Dried fruits and dried fruit bars are high in sugar, low in fibre and it can stick to children's teeth causing tooth decay.
- Not sure how to work in veggies? Try vegetable sticks with dip, or a small container with mixed vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, peas and cucumber.
- Remember to avoid soggy sandwiches and vary the fillings - peanut butter, cheese (try different types), tuna, egg, sliced cold meats, baked beans, grated carrot and lettuce are all great.
- Try making your own muffins and cakes - a great way to include more fruit and vegetables.
- Choose an insulated lunch box or one with a freezer pack, or include a wrapped frozen water bottle to keep the lunch box cool.
- Prepare lunches the night before and store in the fridge or freezer.
- Get your child a funky lunch box. Peer pressure may be the reason why your child's lunch box remains unopened in their school bag.
- Follow proper food preparation methods. This is especially important when food will be stored in the lunch box for many hours before eating.
- Try and pack a different lunch every day. Vary the shapes and size and types of bread.
- It is important to keep offering healthy lunch box choices in a variety of ways, as children learn to eat what is familiar to them.