Keeping our Children's Packed Lunches Healthy
Some tips from the NHS' Change for Life website
At The Flying Bull Academy, we value a healthy lifestyle for our children. We ensure that children are active in their PE lessons, their break and lunchtimes as well as runnning or walking the daily mile.
The other significant part of their healthy lifestyle is the food that they eat. We want to encourage children, parents and carers to look for healthy packed lunch options so children can have the right fuel in their bodies.
These tips and others can be found on the nhs website: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes
Always add salad to sandwiches – it all counts towards your child's 5 A DAY.
Always add veg
Cherry tomatoes, or sticks of carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers all count towards their 5 A DAY. Adding a small pot of reduced-fat hummus or other dips may help with getting kids to eat vegetables.
Keep them fuller for longer
Base the lunchbox on foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Choose wholegrain where you can.
Mix your slices
If your child doesn't like wholegrain, try making a sandwich from one slice of white bread and one slice of wholemeal/brown bread.
Freeze your bread
Keep a small selection of bread in the freezer. Make lunchboxes more interesting by using different shapes, like bagels, pittas and wraps, and different types of bread, such as granary, wholemeal and multi-grain.
Wraps and pots of fillings can be more exciting for kids when they get to put them together. Dipping foods are also fun and make a change from a sandwich each day.
Cut down on the spread used and try to avoid using mayonnaise in sandwiches.
Cut back on fat
Pick lower fat sandwich fillings, such as lean meats (including chicken or turkey), fish (such as tuna or salmon), reduced-fat cream cheese, and reduced-fat hard cheese.
Cut down on crisps
If your child really likes their crisps try reducing the number of times you include them in their lunchbox and swap for homemade plain popcorn or plain rice cakes instead.
Add bite-size fruit
Try chopped apple, peeled satsuma segments, strawberries, blueberries, halved grapes or melon slices to make it easier for them to eat. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to stop it from going brown.