Pack punch in their lunch

PACKING a healthy and tasty lunch for your child is easier than you think.

Vital to ensure child energised

You might start the year off strong, but after a term, run out of time or ideas.
But South Western Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Officer Katie Trinh says it’s important to keep packing a healthy lunch to give your child the energy to learn and play.
She suggests that instead of cutting a vegetable into sticks, try circles or using a peeler to make ribbons.
This could help get your child more excited about vegetables and eating their five serves a day.
Add some hummus or tzatziki as a dip for even more flavour.
Tins of tuna, baked beans or rice cakes are great when your child wants something different for lunch.
They also last a long time in your pantry.
Ms Trinh said that while a sandwich is the ‘go-to’ lunch for many families, leftovers mixed with noodles or pasta are another easy option.
“They can be kept cold and still taste great,” she said.
“Finger foods like rice paper rolls are another idea.”
Mornings are a busy time, so packing the night before can also save you some stress.
She also suggests getting you children involved in packing their lunch by letting them choose between healthy options.
“They will be more likely to eat it all,” she said.
“Be a great role model by packing your lunch at the same time.
“And don’t forget during the summer months, to use an ice brick or frozen drink bottle to keep their food chilled.”
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