Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
Ensuring Children Eat Their Healthy Lunch
- Keep servings small and offer variety – when foods are bite size and not overwhelming, children are more likely to eat them
- Add some colour – colourful foods are attractive for children
- Change it up – don’t give your children the same foods every day. Variety keeps things exciting!
- Vary the presentation – for example, try cutting sandwiches into shapes or make a ‘Zebra’ sandwich (one white and one brown slice of bread)
- Limit fruit juice to 1/2 cup per day – too much can cause picky eaters, not to mention tooth decay and diarrhea
Helping families create healthy lunch boxes for happy, healthy children
Include 3 meals in your child’s lunch box
- Morning Tea
- Afternoon Tea
Water is the MOST important fluid of the day
Always Pack a Drink Bottle every day!
What to Include
Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea Ideas
Fresh Fruit/Canned fruit (at least one every day), Vegetables eg. Small carrot sticks, Celery sticks, Dairy eg. Various cheeses – Sliced, Shapes, Yoghurt. (Children encouraged to eat these first). Other fillers may include Dried fruits eg. Sultanas, Apricots, Rice cakes, English muffins, Crisp breads, Cracker/plain biscuits, Healthy/icing free cakes, Pikelets, Muffins, Cheese dips for the veggie sticks.
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Make the Switch
- A child’s early years are a critical time for physical and mental development.
- This is a time when the eating habits of a life time are formed
- Healthy lunches help with concentration and learning
- Pre-packaged junk food is expensive
- Good food choices can improve a child’s behaviour
- Fresh fruit and vegies are often tastier and cheaper
Don’t forget – if in doubt, just ask!
Supporting: Mother Kate’s Early Learning Centre Philosophy, Food Nutrition and Beverage Policy and Health, Hygiene and Safe Food Policy. National Quality Framework Quality Area 2, 5, and 6