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What does a healthy lunchbox look like?
Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

The Healthy Lunchboxes

It takes planning

Are you a Mum who has to pack lunchboxes and make snacks for your children every day of the week? And are you at your wits' end trying to strike a balance between healthy food options and your child's picky eating habits?

Here are some ideas to make your life easier and to ensure that your children have good, wholesome food to take to school and to have in-between meals.

The basics

There are certain basic principles that you need to keep in mind:
• It takes planning - you need to plan ahead so that you buy the correct foods for making snacks and lunchboxes
• Resist the "easy" option to buy cold drinks, chips and chocolate bars - in the long run this is going to ruin your children's health
• Resist your children's demands and manipulations for high-fat snacks and fizzy cold drinks
• Remember that children are different to adults - they have a much smaller stomach capacity, so they need regular snacks and some children have a much higher energy requirement because they're more active than adults
• Remember that children are similar to adults - they also like interesting and tasty food that looks good enough to eat, but they may not appreciate very sophisticated foods
• Lunchboxes may have to replace three to four meals a day - that breakfast that wasn't eaten, the mid-morning snack, lunch and the mid-afternoon snack - a whole menu in one box!
• Packaging is important - buy a sturdy plastic container that's big enough to accommodate the food you want your child to take to school without getting squashed, and consider buying a small non-breakable vacuum flask or vacutainer for keeping cold foods and drinks cold, and hot foods and drinks hot
• Eating a variety of foods gives children and adults the best chance of obtaining a balanced diet

Select foods from all the food groups every day:
- Milk and dairy products;
- Fruit and vegetables;
- Breads and starches;
- Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs and legumes; and
- Fats and oils, including nuts.
Children need healthy foods and drinks to snack on or to take to school. Here are some suggestions:

10 Time-saving morning tips for families
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Stress free mornings with your family

Time-saving morning tips:

1. Create an evening preparation routine. An evening routine in preparation for the morning, ie iron clothes, prepare your lunches, locate your keys, plan a nutritious breakfast, etc.  These simple tasks will take you less than 30 minutes to complete each evening and will save you a huge headache every morning.

2. Pack a fun lunch with your kids the night before. Moms pack approximately 180 lunches over the course of a school year, so preparing them the night before is a must. That’s a lot of meals. It can be a challenge to think of a variety of tasty and good-for-you options so early in the morning (ones that will fuel your child for learning). Make a list of lunch ideas and put this on the fridge door, at the end of the day you are sometimes lost for ideas on what to pack for lunches and this will definitely help you.

3. Have school bags ready to go the night before. All sports bags packed, homework books signed and packed in the school bags.

4. Lay out clothes the night before. This is going to save you so much time!  Lay them out for your kids AND yourself.  Get up and get dressed right away.

5. Get up 10 minutes before they do to get yourself ready or even to have that first cup of tea or coffee to ease you into your day. Hitting the ground running is not for everyone....especially not me.

6. Wake your kids up with a cute soothing song. They will wake up with a smile and you will have a happy family first thing in the morning.

7. Have a ‘day of the week’ breakfast. This makes it easy because then there isn’t anything to think about when you wake up and you aren’t making 6 different meals:

Here is a sample breakfast plan:
Monday - Morning Oatmeal
Tuesday - Toast
Wednesday - Waffles
Thursday - Tasty Eggs
Friday - Favourite Cereal day
Saturday - Pancake day!    (I make pancakes easier by re-using a squeeze container to hold the batter)
Sunday - Bacon, eggs & toast

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