At Severn View Primary we know how important it is that children have a healthy, balanced lunch. Our school dinners are a healthy choice and the best way of ensuring your child has a good balanced meal but we know some families prefer their child to have a packed lunch. However at Severn View we do ask that parents don't send their children in with sweets, chocolate or crisps.
A balanced packed lunch should contain:
Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches give kids bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.
Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them houmous or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.
Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit, dried fruit.
Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon. You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.
It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying.
The Eatwell plate highlights the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a well balanced and healthy diet.
Reading supermarket food labels can help you to buy healthier foods for your child's lunch, and for family meal times. Save chocolate and cakes for occasional treats.
Remember to praise your child when they've tried something new, to show your encouragement.
Here are some websites with good hints and ideas for what to put in your children’s lunchboxes;