The unpredictable nature of our daily lives means that preparing and packing a healthy lunchbox can be a challenging task. Preparing healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children as the food we send our kids to school can contribute up to one-third of their daily intake of nutrients.
Consider these lunchbox swaps to give your child a happy, healthier, and more sustainable 2020.
1. Juice box to reusable keep cups
Not only do juice boxes expose young teeth to high amounts of sugar and acid-causing cavities, but they take years to decompose. Make the switch in your child’s lunchbox to a reusable, eco-friendly keep cup.
2. Swap fruit roll-ups or fruit straps to fresh fruit
"Fruit" roll-ups and straps are one of the most common additions to any child’s lunchbox. However, they are often full of sugar and other nasties. Replace this with fresh fruit as a healthy source of sugar such as apples, grapes, strawberries, or a banana.
3. Choose lighter snack options
It is a common mistake for parent’s to fill their children’s lunchboxes up with high-calorie snacks. Plain air-popped popcorn and raw, cut up vegetables are filled with natural vitamins and minerals to help them refuel throughout the day.
4. Fruit-flavoured yoghurt for natural yoghurt with a sprinkling of honey
Kick dessert and fruit-flavoured yoghurts to the curb. Why not try swapping some mild-tasting natural yoghurt and sweeten with a teaspoon or two of honey, or mix in some sundried sultanas.
5. Swap white with wholemeal or multi-grain
Wholemeal or multi-grain foods provide a greater amount of nutrients and health benefits, allowing kids to feel energised and clear-minded and will prevent the afternoon-slump.