- NUTRITIONAL WELLNESS
- KNOW YOUR SERVING
- BODY SMART
- MEAL PLANNING
- TIPS & TRICKS
- UNDERSTANDING FOOD LABELS
Children need a well balance diet including a variety of foods for growth and development. You cannot always control what they eat when they are away from home, but you can give them healthy choices to eat for lunch.A healthy lunch when they are at school is important to keep energy levels high and their mind alert to concentrate and learn throughout the busy school day.
Prevent Kids from Bringing their Lunches Back Home
- Let your child choose their lunch box and make sure they can open it easily.Let your child help with the grocery shopping and encourage them to choose healthy snacks for their lunch box.
- Try to give the kids some choice about what they take for lunch, and if possible, get them involved with preparing the ‘healthier’ foods.
- Choose foods that are easy to open rather than those with hard-to-open packaging.
- Remove the peel of some fruits or cut fruits in half. Offer grapes, berries and other fruits that don’t need peeling and are quick and easy to eat.
Choosing Foods for a Healthy Lunch is Easy!
- Start by choosing foods from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide to plan a healthy school lunch. This will ensure that your child is receiving adequate nutrition throughout the day.
- Don’t forget to include breads and cereals, vegetables and fruit and moderate amounts of dairy and meat or alternatives.
- Bread is the most common lunch food for kids. Choose a range of breads such as sliced bread (choose whole grains more often), pita bread, bread rolls and English muffins. Be creative and use a variety of fillings to keep children interested.
- Include dairy products and watch that your children are not replacing milk (or chocolate milk) with juice.
- Encourage children to drink water throughout the day.
- Save sweet and fatty treats for special occasions.
- Choose healthy snack food options including cheese sticks, cereal bars, canned or fresh fruit, rice cakes, yogurt, crackers and vegetable sticks with dip.
Ref: Nestle Australia website, 2008