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

Cucumber Slices

 

Fruit

Satsuma’s

Apples

Bananas

Raisins

 

Carbohydrates

Bread

Bagel

Rice

Pasta

 

 

 

 

Proteins

Chicken

Ham or Turkey

Tuna

Boiled Egg

                                                                  

 

Dairy

Cheese

Yoghurt

Milk

 

 

 


Sugar

Sugar is a high calorie food that leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay if eaten too often.   Make it the exception not the rule.  Sugar makes children feel hyperactive so limit sugar before taking naps or bedtime.

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

 


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
  • Low sugar biscuits (Oatcakes)
  • Fruit Loaf

Here are some useful website that share information on healthy school dinners. tasty recipes and helpful tips for making healthy packed lunches.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/school-packed-lunch-inspiration

https://www.nhs.uk/change-4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes

https://www.gov.uk/school-meals-healthy-eating-standards