The Dreaded Lunchbox
So back to school and back into the routine of it… I love the school holidays but I also love it when my kids to back to school. What I don’t love (as much as I have tried to) is the dreaded lunchbox.
As parents we are generally aware of how important good nutrition is for our growing children; for their physical and mental development. They need to have quality nutrients in order to stabilise their energy, improve their minds, even out their moods, maintain a healthy weight and even prevent mental health conditions. Children need to have healthy fuels in order to concentrate and learn; and this needs to come from all of the five food groups. So we need to try and give them as much variety as you can in their lunchboxes.
I always struggle with how to provide variety in their lunchboxes, but here are some of the usual suspects… and of course the sandwich does factor in more than I would like it to!
Lentil chips with guacamole dip
Cauliflower rice with lentils
Vegetable sticks with hummus
Natural yoghurt with fruit and honey
One thing I have learnt is that my children are far more likely to eat (and enjoy) their school food if they help to prepare it. If I take them shopping with me and they actually choose the food they are going to eat, there is even more chance that the lunchbox will come home empty.
I certainly believe in balance and not being too restrictive with anything… however I do try and avoid sugars as much as possible. Sugars are found naturally in fruits and we don’t need more than we get from them. So refined and processed sugars are just not necessary. And not only are sugars in things we think they are in, they are also in things we don’t think they are in… bread, canned soups, tomato sauce. So balance with everything and less sugar is the way for me.