first_imgENOUGH OF THE HAM SANDWICHES, PLEASE – NEW TERM, NEW LUNCH BOX IDEASWe’ve all been guilty of filling lunch boxes with the same things week in week out because it’s easier and the kids will at least have eaten something during the day.But a little bit of planning will save you time and offer some healthy alternatives. An all-island study (2005) looking at the nutritional balance of over 2,500 school children’s packed lunches found that 9 out of every 10 (92%) contained foods high in fat and sugar.Variety is the key to a healthier lunch box.Bright and colourful foods with different tastes and textures should be encouraged.Fruit and vegetables do this naturally. Bite-size pieces of fruit and sandwiches cut into manageable sizes helps – if it looks good, there’s a better chance that children will want to try it.It’s blackberry season and smoothies offer a good way of including more fruit in the diet and can be made in advance. It helps if the children have picked the berries.Blackberry and Grape125g frozen blackberries300mls purple grape juice 3 tablespoons low fat fromage frais1 teaspoon honeySafefood has published a really good lunchbox leaflet giving lots of ideas and a five day planner to help with alternative lunchbox options.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 freezerCook extra rice/pasta in the evening – these can make interesting saladsTheme your lunchbox on a different country, e.g. Italian – try a pasta salad, Mexican fill flour tortillasHome-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 mineralsFluids 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! BACK TO SCHOOL: NEW TERM, NEW LUNCH BOX IDEAS was last modified: August 27th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:healthy lunch box ideaslast_img

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