Beyond the vegemite sandwich: 5 tips for a supercharged lunchbox
“Packing lunchboxes is my favourite time of the day!” – said no parent ever.
I totally understand, packing lunchboxes is a total pain, but the good news is that it’s just as easy to pack a supercharged, healthy lunchbox, as it is to pack a nasty one that’s going to set your child up for yawning or distracted behaviour all afternoon.
The most common item in a lunchbox is, hands-down, a sandwich. It’s great that you’re making a home-made lunch for your child, but we can do ever better!! Sandwiches can be lacking in key nutrients and be carb heavy.
Here are my 5 tips for packing a supercharged lunchbox.
- Always include 2 serves of vegetables in your lunch box. Most children have a ‘crunch and sip’ break or similar at school, so it might make it easier for the veggies to be in a small container on their own, rather than bento box style.Mix it up between raw veggies, fermented veggies and cooked veggies.Think of a rainbow when you pack a lunch box. Different colours in foods represents different phytochemicals (vitamins and mineral). By eating all the colours you make sure you are getting a range of vitamins and minerals.Your child needs 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit every day.If they don’t pack some vegetables in their lunch box, that leaves a lot of vegetables to eat at dinner time!