Lunchbox Tips for the Good Nutrition Month
Due to events such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, people tend to eat in a less balanced way between October and November. Therefore, it was established that November should be a month to be more aware of what is eaten, not only for November but for all the other months. Fast food and stressful lifestyles affect people’s concern regarding how they eat, so campaigns such as Good Nutrition Month are helpful to remind of the great benefits of eating in a healthier way. One of the most important meals for children is based on what the child has inside the lunchbox. Here are some tips of what to put and ensure a healthy meal for them at school:
- Fresh or tinned fruit.
- Crunchy vegetables and vegetable sticks such as cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, capsicum and cucumber.
- Dairy food such as a cheese stick or slice, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt.
- A meat or protein food such as slices of lean meat, hardboiled egg, peanut butter or nut paste.
- Include a variety of bread, especially if children begin to lose interest in sandwiches, such as bread rolls, pita bread, flat bread, bagels, fruit loaf or buns, foccacias, scones, pikelets, muffins, crumpets, crispbreads, rice cakes or corn thins.
- Fillings can include vegemite or other yeast extract, peanut butter, cheese (try different types), tuna, egg, sliced cold meats, baked beans, grated carrot and lettuce, chopped roast meat with pickles or chutney, and avocado. Dips like caviar (taramosalata), eggplant, chickpea (hommus), cucumber, yoghurt (tzatziki) or spinach also make good spreads.
- Water and milk are the best drinks for children. They can be frozen to help keep foods in the lunch box cool.
Don’t forget to read our other article regarding the Good Nutrition Month, just click here and learn more about the broad benefits of good nutrition and the SPRING habits developed by Susie Elelman.