Lunchtime YummiesPosted on 23rd October, 2012 by Admin
Oh the joys of the lunchbox!! I certainly agree that it can become tedious trying to fill the kids lunchboxes with healthy options each day, not to mention being creative with your own lunch. Every now and then its worthwhile taking a few minutes for thinking ahead and planning how to achieve that lovely blend of creative and healthy for our kids lunches.
So what do we need to keep in mind? “Children have small stomachs, so their energy and nutritional requirements are best met with small meals and snacks spread throughout the day”(1.) So what types of tasty treats can we pack that will benefit both our kids tastebuds and tummies? In today’s sugar and preservative soaked society, its so easy to reach for prepackaged snacks foods like chips, muesli bars, fruit straps, chocolate bars, lollies, donuts etc. However these foods actually decrease the good results of energy and concentration for our children. Lets instead aim for good health options such as sandwiches with savoury fillings, crackers or rice cakes, yoghurt, cheese, sliced fruit, vegetable sticks so that our children can get the best out of their day. Thirsty?? Water is definitely the best drink for our kids; lets make sure they have a bottle with plenty of water with them each day.
If you’re anything like me, its so easy to get ‘stuck in a rut’ with food preparation and end up with the same 3 boring options day after day. Why not take a few minutes to google some interesting and easy lunchbox options and even maybe read up and re-motivate ourselves about the huge benefits our children receive as we put in that little bit of extra effort. Lets enjoy the satisfaction of sending our kids off with foods that will keep them both happy and healthy!
1. Top picture: kidspot.com.au
2. Get up & Grow, Lunchbox ideas – Meals for early childhood settings: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/D2845EEEB00AE26ECA25762C007F852E/$File/gug-hw05.pdf
3. Another site for great lunchbox ideas: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/mums-united/tools/Pages/lunchbox-lifesavers.aspx?gclid=CMvh2fqClrMCFcohpQod6i8AvQ