Healthy Eating: Small Changes can make a Big Difference!
Although we have seen a big improvement in the lunches many children are bringing into school, there are always ways we can improve our children’s diets and help them to lead healthier lives. Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
1. Make one change at a time.
2. Always include a starchy food such as bread, pasta or rice, in each meal.
3. Peel or chop fruit and vegetables and put them in a small pot or bag to increase the chances of your
child eating them.
4. If your child likes sweet foods, swap a chocolate bar for raisins or grapes. If they prefer savoury
foods, swap the crisps and give them crunchy carrot sticks or plain popcorn.
5. Swap sugary squash and juice drinks for water or milk. Do not send juice into school with your child’s
packed lunch – water only!
6. Swap processed cheese for real cheeses like Edam or cheddar.
Top Tips for Healthy Lunch Boxes
Check out these top tips for an easier and healthier lunchbox life:
1. Keep a selection of breads in the freezer for sandwiches and defrost them when needed.
2. Remember, cake is only allowed on MONDAY, crisps on FRIDAY.
3. Cook extra pasta, rice or potatoes, when preparing your evening meal, to make into an effortless and
tasty salad for lunch the next day.
4. Prepare carrot, cucumber or celery sticks the night before while cooking dinner, to save on washing
up and time.
5. Set a good example at home by showing the children you enjoy the healthy foods you are providing
in their lunchbox.
6. Enough plain popcorn can be made easily and quickly in the microwave for several days, to save