School lunches are a big part of your child's daily school routine and one of their most important meals of the day such is the length of time between breakfast and dinner. Trying to get your kids to eat a healthy lunch can often be a challenge.
A report from the BBC recently found that head teachers in England are keen to ban packed lunches to encourage more healthy eating in school through school dinners. The lunchbox is a big part of the school experience and we think it's all about getting your kids involved in filling it.
One of the best ways to getting your kids to eat healthy lunches is by involving them in the shopping and cooking process. Bring them along on your weekly shop and let them pick the healthy food they would like for their lunch. What fruit would they like, what sort of yoghurt would they like and what would they like in their sandwiches.
When it comes to getting them involved in preparing their lunches we recommend letting them help you make it every night before they go to bed. Kids feel a great sense of accomplishment when they are involved in something like this and it will be good for them to taste the fruits of their labours.
The NHS encourages a mix of food in school lunches that will provide your child with all the vitamins and nutrients their bodies need to continue developing.
To help maintain a healthy and balanced diet in school lunches you should include:
• Complex carbohydrates – wholegrain bread, rice or pasta
• Protein – meat, fish or eggs
• A dairy item – milk, cheese or yoghurt
• Fruit & Vegetables
Let your kids get involved in the preparation of their lunch by creating a range of snacks for their lunchbox that will keep them going until dinner time. A really handy way of getting the nutrients their body needs is by adding some Linwoods super healthy seeds to the lunchbox.
Here are some quick snack tips for school lunches that will make the most of the great benefits of seeds:
Multi seed bread: Carobhydrates release energy slowly and are a great way of keeping your child energetic throughout the course of the day. Mix brown flour, plain flour, baking powder, wheat germ and milk with our flaxseed, pumpkin & sunflower seeds and goji berries to create a very nutritious bread your kids will love. Add some jam or marmalade for that extra bit of sweetness.
Chicken Goujons: You can have great fun preparing these with your kids. Cut up two chicken fillets into strips and dip them in flour before rolling in some of our milled organic flax, sunflower & pumpkin seeds. Use an egg to bind it all together before cooking. The seeds give a great texture and a great source of vitamin E. Include some carrot sticks or a small salad in the lunchbox as part of their 5 a day.
Flaxseed Granola: Now for the dairy portion of the lunchbox. Let your child pick a yoghurt and flavour you know they will love and add some granola to it. Mix oats, berries and dried dates with our flaxseed, cocoa and berries seeds to give your child a healthy dessert option to finish their lunch with.
Fruit and veg: Help your child get their five a day by adding a small container of fruit and veg to their lunchbox. Carrot and celery sticks, apple slices, berries, kiwi and orange are all very popular and can be great at filling school children for the remainder of the day. For that extra bit of sweetness add some flaxseed and goji berry seeds over the fruit.
We all have fond memories of school dinners so think about adding some seeds to your lunches this year to create some new taste memories for your family.