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Lunch Ideas

 

Busy kids need a healthy school lunch to boost their energy and help them concentrate and learn in the afternoon. With our top lunch box tips and a 5-day lunch box meal plan, you'll find packing a healthy lunch to nourish your kids a breeze!
Ensure you include a range of fresh fruit and vegetables and vary the food daily so kids don't become bored.


Top tips for a healthy lunch box:

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1. The three bowl approach: fill one bowl with fruit, one with treats and one with dairy. Just add a sandwich, a bottle of water and lunch is ready.
2. Use avocado as a spread instead of butter or margarine.
3. Use reduced fat dairy foods. Cheese and yogurt are ideal.
4. Kids need a serving of protein at lunchtime. Ensure you include lean meat, egg, peanut butter, or tuna.
5. Add a chilled bottle of water and limit juice.
6. Moving on from bread: try bagels, wraps, multi-grain sandwich crackers, pitta bread, hot cross buns, scones or pikelets.
7. The surprise factor: Okay, so your kid will not budge from the marmite sandwich. Introduce the unexpected by cutting their marmite sandwich with a cookie cutter. It may well be their first step in understanding that variety is the spice of life.
8. The leftover lunch: Cook a little extra dinner the night before and save for lunch the next day. Roast chicken, pasta salad, quiche, homemade pizza slices and sausages are just a few examples that are delicious cold for lunch.
9. No sneaking things in: Kids will be more likely to eat their lunch if they have had a hand in preparing it.
10. Find something new: Ask other mums what they offer their kids for lunch .

Try putting together a small picnic in their lunchbox - slices of tomato, ham, grated carrot, grated cheese and some bread and butter - so they can build their own sandwiches.

 

Helpful tips for adding fresh fruit and vegetables to lunch boxes:


• Kids like fresh fruit cut and ready to eat. Fruit salad is the ideal lunch box solution; it's colourful, easy to eat and bursting with vitamins.
• Offer different seasonal fruits each day for a change in flavour, colour and texture.
• If including whole fruit in the lunchbox, select fruit that is a suitable size for a child to easily hold in their hand and eat (this is particularly important for younger children).
• Peel and slice or cut fruit if possible and choose seedless varieties of grapes, watermelon and Imperial mandarins.
• If you're adding tomato to sandwiches, place the tomato between fillings and not directly onto the bread. This prevents the bread becoming soggy.
• Mild tasting and crunchy lettuce varieties like Iceberg and Oak leaf and Lebanese cucumbers are ideal for kids.
• Add leftover (or cook extra) sweet potato to sandwiches, wraps and roll fillings. Naturally sweet and loaded with beneficial antioxidants, roast vegetables team well with a range of fillings.
• Make salads or salad sandwich fillings interesting by using a range of vegetables like grated carrot, snow pea sprouts, lettuce or rocket or baby spinach, sliced celery, tomatoes, avocado and cucumber.
• Use a vegetable peeler to slice cucumber into thin ribbons for sandwich fillings.

 

 

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