Seven Steps to a Magnificent Meal
There are seven easy rules to follow for better nutrition. When packing your child's lunchbox, remember to include:
- Foods that your child will enjoy
- A variety of foods
- Portion sizes that will result in a healthy weight for your child
- Foods rich in starch and fibre
- Lots of fruits and vegetables
- Reduce foods high in fat
- Few sugary foods and drinks
How Much Is Enough?
It's easy to say "eat more of this" and "eat less of that," but often parents find it confusing to know just how much of a certain food, or food group, is enough. General guidelines for school aged children include:
- A third of your child's daily food intake should be bread, cereal or potatoes.
- Motivate your child to "strive for five" by eating 5 different fruits and vegetables per day.
- Remind your child to eat 2 - 3 servings of milk or dairy per day.
- Serve sensible portions of meat, fish or alternatives, including 2 servings of fish per week.
- A serving (or less!) sugary foods per day, including sugary drinks, will keep your child in tip top health.
- Encourage your child to drink at least six glasses of water per day, more if he/she is athletic and active.
Lunch Box Ideas
These Lunch Box ideas are from the Food Standards Agency.