Kids lunch boxes are always a hot topic at this time of year. With the anxiety creeping in on parents on what to pack in their kids lunch boxes not being helped by every Tom, Dick and Harry telling you all what to do. From food companies, to supermarkets, womans magazines and then (hopefully) your kids school provides their Food Policy. So here is my two sense worth:
Lunch Box snacks don’t have to come in packets. Yes these types of snacks are durable so will last being thrown around in a school bag and will probably get eaten so they won’t come home again uneaten. But these snacks are generally high in fat, sugar, and sodium and low in every other nutrient you actually want them to consume!
So now you know what you shouldn’t be packing everyday, lets get onto what you should be focusing on.
Snacks should be coming from the four food groups which are;
- Vegetables and fruit
- Lean meats and meat alternatives
- Milk and milk products
- Grain foods
Its important to also remember that quantities eaten at school will be different for ever child but its what the child eats over the entire day thats important.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Carrot sticks and hummus
- Celery and peanut butter
- capsicum sticks
- Cheese cubes
- Wholemeal or corn crackers
- Natural yoghurt with berries
- Veggies with an avocado dip
- Sliced apple or pear
- Hard boiled eggs
- Left over baked kumara
- Homemade smoothies
- Homemade oaty muesli bars
If you would like help with meal ideas and plans for your whole family , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for an appointment either online, in person or over the phone.
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist