A Healthy Lunch Box
We would like to offer you some healthy lunchbox suggestions to help you provide your son/daughter with a healthy packed lunch which complies with the Healthy Schools guidelines.
Why healthy lunchboxes?
It is very important for children to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Nutritious food helps children grow healthily, concentrate and feel happy. Children who eat a healthy diet are more likely to learn healthy habits for life and more likely to grow into healthy adults.
Packing your child’s lunchbox
Remember to pack a food from each food group!
Ham or Turkey
Sugar is a high calorie food that leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay if eaten too often. So make it the exception not the rule.
Sugar makes children feel hyperactive so limit sugar before naps.
Did you know…?
A Carton of Ribena 288ml - 11 Teaspoons of sugar
A Can of Coke 360ml - 10 Teaspoons of sugar
Lucozade 380ml - 17 ½ Teaspoons of sugar
Sunny Delight - 1 ½ Teaspoons of sugar
(No added sugar)
It is very important that children drink plenty of water. It helps them:
- Stay Refreshed
- Digest their food properly
- Keep alert
Your child should drink six – eight glasses of water a day.
You can pack nutrition as well as offering children a Healthy snack.
Here are some ideas;
- Dried Fruit
- Nuts ( but make sure they are unsalted and not roasted)
- Low sugar biscuits (Oatcakes)
- Mini rice crackers
- Fruit Loaf, unsalted popcorn, carrot cake, Fruit smoothies.
All packed lunches are collected in the mornings and stored in the School’s Kitchen Fridge so all food is stored in a cool dry place.
Due to health, safety and hygiene reasons, we cannot re-heat food brought in by pupils.
To find out more about healthy lunchboxes, please visit the NHS Livewell website http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/childhealth6-15/Pages/Lighterlunchboxes.aspx
You can download and print the above information in leaflet format below.