It is not easy preparing an interesting, tasty lunchbox day in and day out for your children. It is even more of a challenge to come up with one which you can be sure they will eat rather than swapping contents with their friends or disposing of the bits they did not fancy before they get home. Add to that the need for the lunchbox to be nutritious, and it is easy to see how parents feel like preparing the perfect lunchbox is mission impossible.
We say think again. No one seriously expects your offering to be nutritionally spot-on everyday and most health experts will agree it is a balancing act of satisfying likes and dislikes as well as health. Below we outline five lunchboxes, which are a good starting point and each have all the five key elements that we should try to include
These are foods like meat, fish, eggs, cheese or beans for body building protein. A healthy carbohydrate like bread, pitta, pasta or a tortilla wrap for energy. A source of bone-building calcium like a yoghurt, some fruit and vegetables, preferably one of each, and a healthy drink. It is a good template to work to. Give it a go.
- Pitta bread stuffed with tuna mayonnaise (using extra low fat mayonnaise) with finely chopped cucumber, a satsuma, a fruit yoghurt and a half-orange-juice-half-water drink. Treat: A slice of malt loaf.
- A ham sandwich using 50:50 bread (half-white and half-wholemeal) with cherry tomatoes, an apple, a small chunk of cheese and a bottle of water. Treat: An oat bar.