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We have been invited to take part in the Flora Lunchbox Challenge, which aims to give parents healthier and nutritious lunchbox ideas for their children.
Flora commissioned a study recently with Leeds University to discover what children were actually given in their lunchboxes. They found that children were being sent to school with pasties, wotsits, a chocolate bar and sugary squash.
I have nothing against pasties in kids lunch boxes being from Cornwall, I actually used to enjoy a pasty in mine as a kid! But it needs to be complimented with healthier snacks – not wotsits or chocolate!
It is easy when you are time-short to throw in a packet of crisps and a chocolate bar. But by thinking ahead, maybe while doing the weekly shop about what lunchbox ideas you can come up with will make it much more easier.
The study showed that 98% of children’s lunch boxes served up by parents were ‘unhealthy’
Only 1.1 % of children in England receive a packed lunch that meets the nutritional requirements set for school meals. Just 17 % of lunches contained any kind of vegetable or salad. Flora wants to help improve this and educate but not lecture parents.
Flora Lunchbox Challenge
We were sent a flora lunchbox and a lunchbox ideas card – which did include a few fun activities as well. The card has a chart on it that’s easy to follow and suggests food from each main group. It’s simple to follow and will make it less stressful when planning your childs lunchbox.
For our lunchbox ideas we chose tuna bagels with flora. I have always eaten Flora since I was a kid and still eat it now. I love it on everything especially toast. We also cook with it as well.
Flora is rich in mega 3 and 6 and lower in saturated fats than butter. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children. It helps to keep families healthy whilst reducing the impact on the planet as it is made with 100% of the oils from plants.
To make our lunchbox ideas balanced I have included a Babybel and a fromage frais pouch for calcium for growing bones and tomatoes for the veggie. Also a banana for the piece of fruit is included.
Flora have come up with lots of quick and simple lunchbox recipes, my favourite one is the pasta tossed with tuna and fresh herbs. It’s one we are going to try next. A great alternaive to sandwiches plus its very filling.
7 Hints and Tips for Lunchbox Ideas
A balanced lunchbox Should contain:
- Starchy foods – bread, rice, potatoes, pasta
- Protein foods – meat, eggs, fish, beans
- Dairy – cheese or yogurt
- Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit
- Instead of sandwiches all the time, mix it up with bagels, pita breads and wraps
- Low-fat snacks such as bread sticks and carrot/pepper sticks with dip like cottage cheese to mix it up
- Vary the fruit in the lunchbox each day. Try different fruits like Melon and Kiwi fruit and maybe try food art with them. Creative ways to make healthy food fun!
* This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here :http://www.flora.com/article/