Good food habits set early in childhood can last a lifetime. It’s important to put a bit of thought and planning in to your child’s lunch, as it provides around one third of their daily nutritional needs. Here are some great ideas for filling, healthy lunches to keep your child sustained and focused until dinner time.
1. Variety is the Spice of Life
Trying different things keeps life interesting! Include a wide variety of foods – starchy foods, protein, dairy, and fruit and vegetables. Try to offer different foods every day – no one wants to be eating a ham sandwich five days a week!
2. Super Sandwiches
Take a plain old sandwich and turn it in to something super! Add a bit of fun by using pastry cutters to transform dull and dowdy sarnies. Some of our favourite fillings include cheese with ham and a bunch of salad leaves, egg mayo and spring onion, chicken salad or hummus and crunchy veggies. Make sure to mix up your breads to keep things interesting. Try crunchy rolls, wholegrain wraps, pitas and brown soda bread.
3. Scrumptious Snacks
Surprise your little one with a delicious and nutritious snack in addition to their regular lunch. Give them some calcium with some tasty Frubes! Squeeze more fun into the lunchbox with energetic tube designs for kids to enjoy however they like! With Calcium and Vitamin D, Frubes are a favourite for moms and kids alike.
4. Hydration Station
Keeping hydrated is super important for concentration. Up to 6 cups of fluid should be encouraged daily for young kids. Milk and water are the best options. Straws and brightly coloured drinks bottles can make rehydrating more interesting!
5. Fruity Goodness
This one is really important. It’s important to pack in the vitamins where possible, and fruit is also super hydrating and full of fibre. Alternate dried fruit like apricots or raisins with fresh fruit like bananas, watermelon segments, apples, kiwis and mandarins. If your little one isn’t a fan of eating fruit, make it a little more interesting by making fruit kebabs. Chop up a few different fruits and pop them on a toothpick for something a little special!
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