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!

Vegetables:

Carrot Sticks

Cherry Tomatoes

Celery Sticks

Vegetable Soup

 

Fruit

Satsuma’s

Apples

Bananas

Raisins

 

Carbohydrates

Bread

Bagal

Rice

Pasta

 

 

 

 

Proteins

Chicken

Ham or Turkey

Tuna

Boiled Egg

                                                                  Peanut Butter

 

Dairy

Cheese

Yoghurt

Milk Carton

 

 


 

Sugar

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)


Water

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.

 

Healthy Snacks!

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.