Keeping packed lunches healthy and interesting
How to Keep Packed Lunches Healthy and Interesting
Nutritional Therapist, Amanda Ashy-Boyd, recognises this can be challenging, but urges all parents to “give children food that they know and love, and most importantly give them food that is real.”
“Instead of biscuits, pack some purple grapes or blueberries. A cheap and easy protein option is a boiled egg. Protein is so important for children for many reasons, and one reason is to help keep their blood sugar balanced, which will help to keep their attention focussed. Also, make sure they get their veggies like corn, carrot or cucumber, which provides fibre and hydration. Even if it’s the same veg every day, pack it, along with one they might not be too receptive to, like red bell pepper for example – eventually they might try it. And, truly, avoid concentrated juice at all costs – this will not serve your child in anyway – water is the best option.
Keep it healthy at lunch time, and they will thrive for the rest of the day. Kids need brain food, and biscuits, cobbler and crackers won’t do them any favours. Treats are fun for lunch, so it’s okay to include them occasionally, but sticking with natural yogurt and fruit as their dessert, is the best option. Here are some ideas for healthy packed lunches for kids.”