Children need healthy food at school for learning, concentration, energy and growth. The challenge for parents is to provide nutritious food that their child will be happy to eat. Here are some tips that may help:
1. Choose foods that your child enjoys
Talk to your child about foods that he or she likes or dislikes. Children enjoy foods they have helped to choose or prepare but try giving a choice between healthy foods.
2. Choose foods that are easy to eat
Children want to finish eating quickly so they can play. Cut sandwiches into quarters or long fingers and cut fruit into manageable sizes.
3. Keep food cold
Cold food is more appetising and is safer from food poisoning bacteria. Put the lunch box in the fridge until it is time to go. Place an ice brick in the lunch box or keep it in an insulated cooler bag.
4. Limit ‘sometimes’ foods
Foods such as chocolates, lollies, fruit roll-ups, sweet biscuits and chips are high in sugar and/or fat and offer very little nutrition. Children tend to eat these foods before, and instead of, the other food.
5. Choose water as a drink
Remind your child to drink regularly, especially in warm weather. Water is the best drink. Try filling a water bottle to a third or half full and freeze overnight. Top up with cold water in the morning.
6. Choose a good lunch box
Food which becomes bruised or squashed is unappetising and is less likely to be eaten. Try to fit the food snugly in the lunch box so it can’t be jumbled around.
Source: Lunch Box World
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