Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April
A healthy lunchbox can give kids of all ages the energy and nutrients they need to develop, learn and have fun.
Whether your little ones are starting school or it’s a well-rehearsed routine in your household, packing a nutritious school lunch that kids will love doesn’t have to be challenging.
Here’s our top tips for taking the hassle out of packing a healthy lunchbox.
The key to a nutritious and filling lunchbox is to pack something from each of the five core food groups, plus water:
Put the Pick and Mix 1–6 poster on your fridge for a delicious ‘at-a-glance’ guide to healthy lunch ideas.
Homemade meals and snacks can be cheaper and more nutritious than packaged items, which can be high in salt and added sugar. Plus, you can make them to suit your child’s tastes. Cook in bulk, then freeze or store individual portions for your own ready to go snack foods, such as savoury muffins, egg slice, rice salad or pasta dishes.
Not all meals and snacks require preparation. Check out the Pick and Mix poster for a bunch of easy and heathy lunchbox ideas that you can assemble in a flash!
Take the stress out of the early morning rush with some clever planning:
Some packaged snacks are better than others. To choose nutritious items, look for products made with mostly whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, dairy and nuts. And watch out for added fats, sugar or salt in the first three ingredients.
For more healthy eating tips and delicious recipes visit the Nutrition Australia website.
Last updated: March 31, 2017 at: 4:54 pm
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