We all want the very best for our children and that includes a good education which is an important building block for a fulfilling life. A wholesome lunch will ensure they can focus and concentrate in their afternoon lessons.
Getting together a healthy lunch that you know your child will enjoy can be the vain of parent’s life. It can be easy to fall into the trap of not putting much thought into your child’s lunch especially with the mad rush to get out the door each morning. For a growing child, placing just as much emphasis on what you are going to feed your child for lunch is just as important as the decision you make regarding a wholesome dinner you wouldn’t feel happy giving them a processed cheese sandwich for dinner and it should be the same for lunch.
Lunch is an extremely important meal because this is where a balanced meal follows on from a good breakfast. Following the principles in the KID program by making lunch contains protein and wholegrains ensures your child can focus and concentrate during the afternoon.
Most adults are familiar with afternoon energy slumps and it is no different for children. For example, if your child eats a processed cheese sandwich on white fluffy bread and a fruity muesli bar then this will create a spike in their blood sugars. What happens next is the sugar is quickly used up and their energy levels crash and they get tired, irritable and have trouble focusing for the rest of the afternoon. By the time they get home their blood sugars are even lower and they can be grumpy and demanding more sugar and the cycle carries on.
Tips for a children’s healthy lunch
✅ Get their lunch ready while preparing dinner. Think ahead about what you can put in their lunchbox for example, if you are roasting a chicken, reserve some for their lunch. If boiling veggies, boil an egg in the same pot with the veggies and make a dip with a little mayo for after school.
✅ Freeze dinner leftovers in small portions for emergencies when there’s nothing in the pantry.
✅ Use wraps and bread over bread rolls because there can be twice as much bread in a roll.
✅ Always choose the best quality bread you can afford.
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