All Saints CE Primary School

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Healthy Packed Lunches

 

What to include in your child's lunchbox

A healthier lunchbox should:

  • be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta)
  • include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad
  • include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative)
  • include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly
  • include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks

 

Healthier breaktime snacks

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers. Try these ideas:

  • Chop up raw veggies – such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in.
  • Chop up fruit – such as apple, satsuma segments, strawberries, blueberries, halved grapes or melon slices. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to stop them from going brown.
  • Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers –make great finger foods. Try spreading low-fat soft cheese on them.
  • Choose malt loaf, tea cakes, fruit breads or fruit – instead of cake, chocolate, cereal bars and biscuits. Fruit can be fresh or canned (in juice, not syrup).

Dried fruit is not recommended as a snack between meals as it's high in sugar and can be bad for teeth, but it's OK when eaten as part of a meal.